Geneva, 29 May 2015 – Responding to the result of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) presidential elections today, in which Sepp Blatter has won a fifth term in office, Terre des Hommes Secretary General, Ignacio Packer said:
“In order to ‘root out any wrongdoing in football’, Sepp Blatter needs to address the corruption as well as the human rights abuses tainting the values of the game. The message to the new FIFA President is clear: structural reforms are urged. And this means ensuring that any revised criteria for bidding for the World Cup must have transparency and human rights at the heart of all stages of the process, from initial bidding to delivery to evaluation and final reporting. In particular, these should look at children’s rights impacted by Mega Sporting Events such as the World Cup”.
Children around the world watch and play football. Many idolize the players and dream of being players themselves. The recent news of the corruption charges sends a strong message to children about fairness and about how the world does and should work. As raised by the FBI Director Comey, ”the field so famously flat was made tilted in favor of those looking to gain in the expense of kids enjoying a game of soccer.” $ 150 million in a legacy programme spending in host countries could have considerably changed the life of thousands of children. And this is only the tip of the iceberg.
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