The Fifa Mafia: When Organised Sport Meets World Politics

In the realm of organized sports, the world of football, governed by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), has been plagued by allegations of corruption, bribery, and misconduct. The term "FIFA Mafia" has been coined to describe the intricate network of individuals, including FIFA officials, players, agents, and sponsors, who are accused of engaging in illicit activities that undermine the integrity of the sport. This global phenomenon has raised concerns about the intersection of organized sport and world politics, as the power and influence of FIFA have extended beyond the playing field, influencing not only the outcomes of matches but also the allocation of hosting rights for major tournaments and the distribution of revenue. The FIFA Mafia has become a symbol of the dark side of professional sports, where greed and power play prevail over fair play and transparency.