Fans have no confidence in FIFA

Fans feel betrayed by FIFA and the beautiful game.

Fans have no confidence in FIFA
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69 per cent of football fans have no confidence in FIFA.
The judgment comes in a Transparency International poll, where 25,000 fans in 28 countries have been answering a number of questions about FIFA and football.
43 per cent also tells that the scandals are affecting how they enjoy football, and 60 per cent would not choose any of the five candidates standing in the FIFA presidential election this Friday.
“FIFA should take this message to heart. Unless it acts more fans will turn away from football. The trust levels are low but the fans will give FIFA a chance if it acts now,” Gareth Sweeney, editor of Transparency International’s ‘Global Corruption Report: Sport’, says.

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“Public trust will only be restored in FIFA, the IAAF (athletics, ed.) and the world of sport if large-scale reforms are not only implemented, but are seen to be implemented transparently. We expect real and irreversible change in 2016,” Gareth Sweeney continues.
Also Cobus de Swardt, managing director of Transparency International, encourages FIFA to act:
“Sport should be a force for good in the world but the latest scandals not only in football, but in athletics and tennis, have exposed just how vulnerable it is to corruption. This must stop now,” Cobus de Swardt says.
“As fans we have a love affair with football. When our teams win we are ecstatic, when they lose we are devastated. But when results – whether of games, or rights for hosting events, elections, etc. – are driven not by fair competition, but by corruption, we feel betrayed,” Cobus de Swardt concludes.

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Five candidates are participating in the FIFA presidential election this Friday. Favorites are Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Gianni Infantino. The others are Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Jerome Champagne and Tokyo Sexwale.

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THE TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL POLL

THE TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL POLL

69 % of fans have no confidence in FIFA.

50 % said that FIFA had a chance to restore its reputation.

43 % said the scandals are affecting how they enjoy football.

60 % would not choose any of the current candidates standing in the FIFA presidential election Friday.

The top five countries whose fans stated they had no confidence in FIFA:

Chile: 88 %

Argentina: 80 %

Ireland: 80 %

South Korea: 80 %

Spain: 76 %

The top five countries whose fans stated they do have confidence in FIFA:

Thailand: 55 %

Japan: 53 %

Russia: 46 %

South Africa: 31 %

Qatar: 30 %

25,000 fans from 28 countries took the poll.

Source: Transparency International