FIFA, World Cup sponsors meet in private to discuss corruption crisis

ZURICH – FIFA has held a meeting with some of the World Cup sponsors they sought following a corruption crisis at football’s governing body. Few details emerged after a closed-door session shrouded in secrecy at FIFA headquarters.

In a brief statement, FIFA says it has “reaffirmed its commitment to transparency, reform and collaboration with its valued partners”.

FIFA says officials from World Cup sponsors Adidas, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Visa attended. Those sponsors said in a joint statement that they “reiterated our expectations for strong reform, and we will continue to engage with FIFA.”

Gazprom and Hyundai were absent without giving any reason. Two sponsor representatives will join the reform committee appointed by FIFA which meets for the first time on 2-3 September.

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