5. FIFA: Marketing chief and three others fired
In the continuing fallout from the U.S. District Court ruling that
overturned FIFA's planned eight-year sponsorship deal with Visa following a federal lawsuit brought by long-time financial services sponsor MasterCard, FIFA dismissed marketing director Jerome Valcke and three other employees.
In a statement on Tuesday, FIFA acknowledged its World Cup sponsorship negotiations with rival credit card firms Visa and MasterCard had "breached [FIFA's] business principles," adding that "FIFA cannot
possibly accept such conduct among its own employees."
FIFA said in the context of the contract talks, the four had been accused of "repeated dishonesty during negotiations and of giving false
information to the FIFA deciding bodies in question." FIFA added that it was "considering lodging an appeal against the court's judgment,
while taking account of the interests of every party involved and
seeking suitable solutions."
Valcke was hired in 2003 to head FIFA's marketing and TV operations. The
Frenchman was previously head of Paris-based sports marketing firm
Sportfive. FIFA brought its marketing and TV operations in house after
its long-time marketing firm, ISL, went bust in 2001 and its television
partner for the 2002 World Cup, German media giant Kirch, also
No comments yet.
|Recent Soccer America Daily Three takeaways from USA-Switzerland March 6, 3:26 p.m. |
After beating a traditional power, Norway, 2-1, to start their Algarve Cup campaign, the U.S. women ... Audi becomes MLS auto partner March 6, 1:35 p.m.
Audi has entered into a multi-year partnership with Major League Soccer, making it the league's official ... MLS Preseason Power Rankings: Revs start on top March 6, 1:32 p.m.
Our first edition of the MLS Power Rankings is based somewhat on last season's performance, with ... What They're Saying: Bill Peterson March 6, 5:31 a.m.
"I don't think what's being called 'free agency' is very advantageous for the players. You look ... MLS Trade Central: Galaxy signs Finn Vayrynen March 6, 5:14 a.m.
The LA Galaxy has signed 33-year-old Finnish midfielder Mika Vayrynen, who is expected to get first ... Networks step up MLS coverage with dedicated time slots March 6, 4:34 a.m.
MLS begins a new eight-year agreement with dedicated time slots on three networks. Friday's LA Galaxy-Chicago ... Video Pick: Chelsea star injured without playing March 6, 12:40 a.m.
Chelsea defender Nemanja Matic was suspended for its English League Cup final win over Tottenham last ... Josh Perez spurs big win for U.S. U-17s March 6, 12:23 a.m.
The USA can clinch a spot at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup with a win Sunday ... Top 10 new reasons why to get excited about MLS March 6, 12:13 a.m.
The Major League Soccer kicks off its new season this weekend. There's a lot to get ... What They're Saying: Danny Cruz March 5, 7:08 p.m.
"This wasn't an easy decision. It's the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives