Are the problems at FIFA issues for international relations?

In recent weeks and days, sports politics have dominated the headlines. The world football association, FIFA, was and is accused of being corrupt, untransparent, and hopelessly dominated by a group of old men and thugs.

Part of the problem is the huge amount of money coming in from TV stations and sponsors, and redistributed apparently at Fiat. The decision-making regarding whose application will be supported for the world championship competitions seems to be not very rational. Decision-making procedures follow the principle of one country/one vote, resulting in the unsatisfying situation that the Tongan Football Association has the same influence as the biggest association, the German DFB, representing almost 7 million players. As a result, corruption is rife.

What would make the rules more democratic and transparent?

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  1. Alexei Voskressenski 2 years ago

    It is clear that FIFA issues are issues for international relations, at least in some countries including Russia where higher political figures have already commented on the issue. Making rules transparent and more democratic is possible if the societies are interested in a fairplay. Decision-making procedures must be transparent and organized in such a way that one country/one vote is supplemented by taking into account the amount of players. To do this not only a technical procedure is needed but also the political will to implement it.

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  2. Andrey Makarychev 2 years ago

    The key problem as I see it is the obviously close relations between FIFA and authoritarian regimes. Some time ago one of Blatter’s deputies quite frankly admitted that dealing with non-democratic governments is easier than with democracies that are too sensitive to public opinions and concerns about environment, public spending, etc. Therefore, FIFA – as well as the International Olympic Committee and some other global sports organisations – de-facto contribute to legitimation of autocratic governments through gratifying and indulging them in their policies, irrespective of how repressive or homophobic they might be.
    In Russia the lead-up to the FIFA Cup has turned into what might be dubbed “the state of exception” (Ausnahmezustand), with dozens federal laws suspended by the Presidential decree. It stipulates that FIFA employees don’t pay taxes and don’t need to register at migration offices, that evictions can take place based on decisions of local authorities, that some provisions of the Labour Code become inapplicable for this event, etc. This explains a lot in FIFA’s sympathies to authoritarian regimes.

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  1. Mathias J. Jongkor 2 years ago

    Yes! there are problems at FIFA issues for international relations, and I think corruption is huge problems scandal at FIFA committee Association. International community thought that FIFA has been governing by experiencing committees who have come from democratic societies that are always cautious about their public opinion as such.

    Therefore, international community was being satisfied from Foot Ball Association Committees. However, when FIFA was accused, international community reacted and wondered immediately at FIFA scandal for money of the international Foot Ball Association.

    As we know, that the international sport is a place where international community meets for championship.As Many countries have a membership in FIFA in which allow them to be able to participate and share in the intentional community through its body.

    So, FIFA has huge influence in international relations through its public diplomacy, therefore, many countries are giving privileges and immunities to employees of Foot Ball Association in any country where they are as sort of international relations.

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  2. AW 2 years ago

    Bureaucracies, no matter if national or international, are never efficient. They can be harmless at best, but most of the time they are disaster-producing machines, which never, ever ought to be given the right to decide anything. Any bureaucracy, the international ones especially, is interested in its self-sustaining much more, that in solving the problem or promoting and changes and development. Therefore the UN Commission for Palestinian Refugees will never solve the problem of the refugees (it would mean an accomplished mission and their dissolution after all), therefore the numerous UN sub-organizations never will solve anything in Africa (it will be done most probably by its re-colonization by China).
    FIFA is an “academic” example of such an nontransparent, inefficient, corrupt, self-sustaining bureaucracy. Can the issues it solves really not be solved in a less bureaucratic way? What is its aim? Promoting soccer? Isn’t it better promoted by constructing stadiums in small towns and villages, so that children can play soccer? How much junior team could be supported by the money waisted on the FIFA-headquarters each year? But above all, I absolutely do not understand, why the European soccer federation have let Blatter do that all to them for 17 years. How can it be, that virtually non-existent football federations have the same impact as Germany or UK?!

    And yes, I 100% support everything Mr. Makarychev has said: intransparent authoritarian bureaucratic structures naturally prefer authoritarian regimes as their counterparts.

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