McDonalds and Coca-Cola call for Sepp Blatter to step down over corruption charges.
McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Budweiser and Visa called for the Fifa President to step down on Friday night. This has come after swiss prosecutors have opened legal proceedings against the 79 year old.
This week Sepp Blatter denied any wrongdoing after an alleged payment of £1.5 million, was made to UEFA president Michele Platini in 2011. With the Fifa crisis continuing to get worse the once respected image is in tatters with sponsors rightly not wanting to be associated.
So when did the Fifa corruption scandal first become apparent? In 2010 Sepp Blatter announced that Qatar had won the 2022 bid to host the World Cup. In a move which shocked every football fan, the competition which is traditionally played in the summer was later moved to the winter due to heat.
Earlier this year it was announced that Fifa were investigating potential bribes which led to Russia and Qatar winning their respective bids. In may Fifa officials were arrested under suspicion of bribery in May in Zurich.
Coca-Cola commented on the matter saying “For the benefit of the game the Coca-Cola company is calling for Fifa president Joseph Blatter to step down immediately so that a credible and sustainable reform process can begin in earnest.” (The Guardian)
Sepp Blatter claims he is not guilty and will remain in charge of the organization until February, when a new President will be chosen.