The new rules that FIFA, Conmebol and Concacaf has entablish to avoid corruption in their organization.
After a worldwide scandal that involved several high-ranked bosses of the FIFA, Conmebol and Concacaf were found implicated in a massive corruption case known as the FIFA Gate. This situation showed a different facet of the organization, proving to have characteristics related to a criminal organization rather of those from a sports organization, claims Galo Chiriboga, Ecuatorian prosecutor.
In May 2004 many FIFA’s officials were discovered to be implicated in serious corruption cases around the world. The head of this list was the former President of the Venezuelan Football Federation and Vice-President of the South American Football Confederation, Rafael Esquivel, who recently paid a 7 million dollar bail.
Among the names listed, former FIFA and Conmebol’s Vice-President, Eugenio Figueredo, and former Concacaf officers:
- Chuck Blazer,
- Jeffrey Webb,
- Eduardo Li,
- Julio Rocha,
- Costas Takkas,
- Eugenio Figueredo,
- Nicolás Leoz,
- Alfredo Hawit,
- Juan Ángel Napout,
- Brayan Jiménez,
- Héctor Trujillo,
- Alejandro Burzaco,
- José Margulies,
- Aaron Davidson
- and José Hawilla were also included.
Sanctions included the suspension of FIFA’s President since 1998, Joseph Blatter.
Conmebol has announced a necessary reform into their Ethics System to demolish corruption. “[This] will establish more effective procedures to investigate denunciations of wrongful conduct and corruption against officials and executives” Conmebol stated.
Countries like Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Uruguay have announced creating special forces to regulate their respective national leagues, being Brazil the first country to take on this iniciative and followed by Ecuador. FIFA hopes other countries to also join this important measure for the sake of soccer reputation.