Daniel Abebe on Fixing FIFA

Making the Beautiful Game Beautiful Again

Toppling a dictator can be an exhilarating experience, and millions of soccer fans around the globe are celebrating FIFA President Sepp Blatter's resignation announcement. But the departure of a corrupt regime's leader does not, by itself, rehabilitate structures of governance. So as FIFA prepares to replace Blatter via a new election in the coming months, what can be done to reform the governing body of the world's most popular sport?

The revelation of kickbacks and bribes in the U.S. Justice Department's indictment, though provocative, does not amount to a comprehensive analysis of FIFA. Happily, just such a report does exist; in fact, FIFA commissioned it. In 2012, FIFA appointed former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia to investigate corruption allegations. But when he produced a book-length report surveying the rot, FIFA quashed it. The first step for a Blatter-free FIFA would be to publish Garcia's report.

Next, should FIFA be reformed, or would a new institution be more effective?

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