Thursday, April 29, 2010

Book Explores Corruption Related to 2010 World Cup

A new book investigates various conflicts of interest and instances of corruption related to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa that challenge the wisdom and value of hosting similar international events.

A book released Wednesday by the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa, titled “Player and Referee: Conflicting Interests and the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” details six case studies regarding stadium building, official suppliers, bidding practices and government oversight that cast a harsh light on the lack of transparency and public benefit of such arrangements.

The case studies, written by investigative journalists from South Africa and Britain, charge that competing interests among those seeking to benefit financially have left preparations for the 2010 World Cup vulnerable to “manipulation through the use of influence, political pressure, bribes, fraud and extortion.”

Many of these accounts have a familiar ring, addressing issues that occurred at previous World Cups. FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, has regularly faced charges of secrecy and corruption.

Book Questions World Cup Business Arrangements
The New York Times
April 28, 2010