The pressure on FIFA sponsors is mounting


You might say that the controversy around FIFA is « heating up » this week.

That’s meant to be a reference to the heat in Qatar, where the 2022 World Cup is set to take place—but the dangerously high summer temperatures there are the least of FIFA’s worries now. After years of allegations around the accepting of bribes for World Cup bids, the U.S. Department of Justice brought the hammer down on FIFA Wednesday morning with indictments for nine FIFA officials and five associated sports marketing executives.

The charges include racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. But this particular crackdown, for now, does not appear to be concerned with a more urgent and upsetting issue: the labor conditions in Qatar, where a large part of overall construction activity (but, admittedly, by no means all of it) is accounted for by the new World Cup stadia and related infrastructure.

There have already been…

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