Fifa: Brief background & Sepp Blatter

FIFA is one of the most popular and well known sporting bodies which brings popular games into each and every part of our globe. Founded in 1904, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has now grown into a global behemoth comprising of 209 national associations at last count.

FIFA is currently undergoing a crisis with charges of corruption, bribery, and vote rigging related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. But a new age is dawning. There are honest and passionate representatives working hard behind the scenes to make FIFA a more transparent sporting body.

Note: The following interview is an article published by Al Jazeera.


Al Jazeera’s interview with FIFA president Sepp Blatter caused a storm when the most powerful man in football suggested that there was no racism problem among players – and that incidents on the pitch could be dealt with by “shaking hands”.

It came as the English FA announced it was charging Liverpool’s Luis Suarez over allegations that he made racist comments to Manchester United’s Patrice Evra. England captain John Terry is also being investigated by police for alleged racist comments made to QPR’s Anton Ferdinand during a Chelsea match last month.

Here you can see an exclusive full-length version of Lee Wellings’ interview with Blatter on Wednesday, which is stirring debate around the world.

Source: Al Jazeera