The Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo announced that it will end its partnership with football’s world governing body FIFA, which has been engulfed by an unprecedented corruption scandal.
The Nobel centre and FIFA have been partners in the “Handshake for Peace” initiative between team captains and
officials since 2012.”The board of directors asked management to end cooperation with FIFA as soon as circumstances permit,” said centre, an offshoot of the Nobel Committee which awards the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Nobel statement did not explicitly refer to the accusations of corruption at FIFA that have delivered a body
blow to the organisation’s prestige. FIFA has been increasingly isolated since May, when a US investigation into the corruption allegations brought charges against 14 people.
The scandal spectacularly brought down FIFA boss Sepp Blatter and has also cast doubt on the fairness of the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, to be staged in Russia and Qatar respectively.
On Friday, Interpol pulled out of a 20 million euro ($23 million) deal with the organisation to promote integrity in
sport. And several sponsors — including Coca-Cola, Adidas, Visa, McDonald’s and Hyundai — have welcomed an announcement by Blatter that he would resign.
Meanwhile FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has cancelled plans to visit New Zealand for this weekend’s Under-20 World Cup final in Auckland, world football’s governing body said.
“Due to his current commitments in Zurich, the FIFA president (Blatter) will not be able to travel to New Zealand to attend the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup,” a spokeswoman said.
Blatter, who has been in charge of FIFA since 1998, has announced he will quit after the organisation was engulfed by a series of widespread corruption allegations. The FIFA U-20 World Cup final will take place on Saturday, featuring the winners of Wednesday’s semi-finals in which Brazil play Senegal and Serbia take on Mali.