TV broadcast, sponsorship deals raise eyebrows (1990, 1992)
Controversy: CONCACAF president Jack Warner is alleged to have received a sweetheart TV broadcast deal for the right to resell 1990, 1994, 1998 for the sum of $1. Warner is said to then resell those rights for $20m in an event that presages the current FIFA scandal. Later in 1992, International Sports and Leisure, an adidas spin-off, founded by Horst Dassler, said to win a no-bid contract with FIFA. Talk about deals of a lifetime. -- Jamie Trecker, Senior Editor of FOXSoccer.com.
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Beginning of Blatter's reign as FIFA's kingpin (1998)
Controversy: Blatter is elected as FIFA president after a bitter election with UEFA candidate Lennart Johannson. Several figures are accused of accepting money to vote for Blatter, but the charges of corruption -- which would dog Blatter for his tenure -- do not stick. -- Jamie Trecker, Senior Editor of FOXSoccer.com.
Under the table maneuvering (2001)
Controversy: ISL collapses into bankruptcy with $100m in debts. Blatter’s conduct is found by Swiss authorities to be “clumsy” but not “criminal.” Blatter is also dogged by suggestions he has accepted kickbacks in the sale of the 2002 World Cup rights, per reports from journalist Andrew Jennings. -- Jamie Trecker, Senior Editor of FOXSoccer.com.
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Blatter's use of absolute authority (2002)
Controversy: FIFA General Secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen submits a damning dossier alleging that Blatter is guilty of abuse of power, conflicts of interest and financial mismanagement. Blatter quashes the investigation, and later admits he did it to protect several implicated members of FIFA. Zen-Ruffinen is forced to resign. -- Jamie Trecker, Senior Editor of FOXSoccer.com.
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Old dog, new tricks (2002)
Controversy: New accusations of bribery dog the presidential campaign, but Blatter defeats African candidate Issa Hayatou. Hayatou, who is said to be a person of interest in the current investigation, accuses Blatter of “illegal practices.” -- Jamie Trecker, Senior Editor of FOXSoccer.com.
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FIFA slaps Warner on the wrist (2006)
Controversy: Jack Warner is accused of a massive fraud involving ticket reselling through companies owned by family members. Warner clears $1 million on the scheme; FIFA later clears Warner of misconduct but notes their “disapproval” of his conduct. Jamie Trecker, Senior Editor of FOXSoccer.com.
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Cutting the plastic (2006)
Controversy: A New York judge rules that Jerome Valcke (not pictured) repeatedly lied in a negotiation with Mastercard and Visa. Valcke is fired, but later rehired by Blatter. In 2007, a federal judge vacated the ruling, and FIFA and Mastercard settle out of court. -- Jamie Trecker, Senior Editor of FOXSoccer.com.
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Exponential growth of controversy (2010)
Controversies: 2010: After Blatter, running unopposed, won his third term as FIFA president in 2007, allegations of corruption at FIFA grow exponentially with the South African World Cup apparently paying a $10 million bribe to Warner for his support. The bids to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups are also chaotic as Qatar is surprisingly awarded the World Cup amidst reports of wide-scale vote-trading and rigging. Two ExCo members are suspended after a newspaper catches them on tape selling their votes for cash. -- Jamie Trecker, Senior Editor of FOXSoccer.com.
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Mohammed bin Hammam, fourth presidential term (2011)
Controversy: The vote-buying scandal continues after the presidential campaign of Mohammed bin Hammam apparently passes out envelopes of cash in an effort to buy votes. Bin Hammam ultimately drops out of the race (and would be banned from the sport). Blatter is elected to a fourth term, and four regional confederation presidents are either suspended or resign. -- Jamie Trecker, Senior Editor of FOXSoccer.com.
Controversies: Blatter’s behavior becomes more erratic as his comments over women’s football, racism and homosexuality become international flashpoints. Classic quotes like "Let's get women to play in different and more feminine garb than the men. ... in tighter shorts for example" make international headlines. -- Jamie Trecker, Senior Editor of FOXSoccer.com.
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Reaching an end of the road (2015)
Controversy: 14 soccer officials are arrested in a dawn raid in Zurich. Six days later, Blatter, having won a fifth term as president, steps down. Several reports say that Blatter is a target of the FBI investigation. The Department of Justice later announces they are investigating the 2002 Qatar World Cup bid. -- Jamie Trecker, Senior Editor of FOXSoccer.com.