Norwegian Professor Calls for Boycott against FIFA

According to Aftenposten’s report, Professor of service innovation at Norwegian School of Economics, Tor Wallin Andreassen calls people to stop going to football matches to punish FIFA.

– To punish FIFA economically is the only reaction they will understand, says Andreassen to the newspaper.

He believes it is obvious that the sponsors should withdraw, but additionally encourages the football fans to react.

– Stop going to football matches. As consumers, we should engage ourselves and reject this type of corruption and economic crime, says Andreassen.

2015 FIFA Corruption Case

In May 2015, fourteen people were indicted in connection with an investigation by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering in the Americas. The investigation mostly revolved around collusion between officials of continental soccer bodies CONMEBOL (South America) and CONCACAF (Caribbean, Central and North America), and sports marketing executives. The sports marketing executives were rights holders of media and marketing rights for high-profile international football competitions including the Americas’ FIFA World Cup qualifying tournaments, and showpiece tournaments CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa América.

In total, seven current FIFA officials were arrested at the Hotel Baur au Lac in ZĂĽrich on May 27. They were preparing to attend the 65th FIFA Congress, which is scheduled to include the election of the president of FIFA. They are expected to be extradited to the United States on suspicion of receiving US$150 million in bribes. There was also a simultaneous raid on the CONCACAF headquarters in Miami. The case has triggered Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Switzerland to open or intensify separate criminal investigations into top FIFA officials for corruption.

The US Justice Department alleged those involved in the scheme included soccer officials, sports media and marketing company executives, and other intermediaries who “laundered illicit payments, while Swiss authorities said they opened a separate criminal probe related specifically to the selection of Russia and Qatar as future World Cup hosts.

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