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Coca-Cola, Adidas Concerned About Damage From FIFA Corruption Scandal


A combo photo shows FIFA President Sepp Blatter (right) and Mohamed Bin Hammam, the Qatari head of the Asian Football Confederation

A combo photo shows FIFA President Sepp Blatter (right) and Mohamed Bin Hammam, the Qatari head of the Asian Football Confederation

Major corporate sponsors Coca-Cola and Adidas have expressed concern about the allegations of corruption now roiling the world football governing body FIFA.

In separate statements on May 30, Coca-Cola and Adidas said the charges of corruption at FIFA's highest levels are not good for the sport of football.

Coca-Cola and Adidas are longtime partners of FIFA, providing money, goods, and services to support events such as the World Cup, the world's most popular sporting event. Adidas has provided the official match ball for the World Cup since 1970.

On May 30, speaking amid fresh allegations that Qatar had "bought" the right to host the 2022 World Cup, FIFA President Sepp Blatter acknowledged that FIFA's image had suffered "great damage" from the recent flood of corruption allegations.

"I regret what has happened," Blatter said. "In the last few days and weeks, great damage [has been done] to the image of FIFA but especially also, a lot of disappointment."

Blatter is due to be reelected as FIFA head on June 1 after his rival, Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar, withdrew from the leadership contest and was suspended by FIFA from all football-related activity following an inquiry by FIFA's ethics committee into bribery allegations.

Qatar and Bin Hammam have denied any wrongdoing.

compiled from agency reports
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