Adidas agrees to keep sponsoring scandal-hit FIFA

Adidas has agreed to continue sponsoring FIFA despite lingering

concerns about the crisis engulfing world football’s governing body

and asking on Friday for ”clarity” about a bribery scandal.

Sepp Blatter, who was re-elected as FIFA president on Wednesday,

has been urging key sponsors to retain their trust in the

organization, which had to suspend two executive committee members

on Sunday over the corruption scandal.

”Adidas enjoys a long-term partnership with FIFA as a sponsor

and supplier around their events at all levels of the game and we

have agreed to continue this partnership,” the sportswear giant

said in a statement to The Associated Press.

”Adidas will be an official sponsor of FIFA World Cup 2014 in

Brazil. Having said that, the negative tenor of the public debate

around FIFA at the moment is neither good for football nor for FIFA

including its partners and we hope that FIFA will do its best to

reach clarity on the allegations soon.”

A FIFA ethics panel suspended both Mohamed bin Hamman and Jack

Warner pending a full inquiry to study evidence that they arranged

to bribe Caribbean voters during bin Hammam’s presidential

challenge. The Qatari withdrew from the contest on Sunday, giving

Blatter a clear run to be re-elected for a fourth term on

Wednesday.

Adidas was the first of FIFA’s leading corporate backers to

express concern about the corruption crisis, followed by statements

from Visa, Coca-Cola and Emirates Airline.