FIFA's tarnished image is hurting soccer, says organization's VP

Tuesday September 9th, 2014

FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb says soccer is being hurt by FIFA's image problems, Rob Harris of the Associated Press reports.

Webb said FIFA needs to work to gain public support for its "ethics and morals."

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"It is (tarnished)," Webb said of FIFA on Tuesday at the SoccerEx conference. "I do believe that FIFA has some huge challenges and definitely from image and perception, that is definitely perhaps the No. 1 challenge ... image and public perception is definitely affecting the game.

"Obviously we don't see it when it comes to revenue and the business side, but definitely from an ethics and morals standpoint I believe we have a lot of work to do. We have to build up trust and confidence. We have got to be consistent."

Webb said FIFA should publish its investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process to show it has nothing to hide.

"FIFA want to be transparent now," Boyce told The Associated Press at SoccerEx. "Certainly if people are deemed and it's proved that they were corrupt in anyway then of course the people should know."

Earlier this week FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he will run for a fifth term. He has held his current position since 1998. Blatter said he wants to experiment with video review starting next year.

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