A recent history of FIFA scandals

  • The Qatar 2022 World Cup

    FIFA president Joseph Blatter opens the envelope to reveal that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich on December 2, 2010. KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images

    The FIFA executive committee's choice of Qatar as 2022 World Cup host was the explosive event of Blatter's third term and dominated his fourth. Cases involving unethical behavior by some voters are still open.

    Few think Blatter voted for Qatar, whose victory raised Bin Hammam's status six months before the 2011 FIFA presidential election.

    Still, Blatter's reputation suffered. The 2018-2022 bidding contests showed a culture of entitlement and disregard for rules by some executive committee members which had festered on Blatter's watch.

    An undercover sting by British newspaper The Sunday Times revealed the corruption that defined the bidding contests won by Russia and Qatar.

    The 24-man executive committee of 2010 is now largely discredited: A life ban for Bin Hammam, shorter bans for others, some resignations to avoid FIFA sanctions and many allegations that were unproven.

    Qatar has retained its 2022 hosting rights after FIFA declared that an internal ethics investigation judged that wrongdoing by several bid candidates did not influence the results.

    However, the American lawyer who led the investigation, Michael Garcia, disputed the official findings that FIFA made public.

    Garcia said the official line taken by FIFA on the investigation had "numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions" in his work.

    Qatar itself has also come under intense scrutiny recently for the harsh treatment of foreign workers building infrastructure necessary to host the Cup.