Corruption matters irritate Fifa officials at Women’s World Cup opener

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The Fifa Women’s World Cup opening media interactive session in Vancouver on Friday was dominated by questions about the scandals in Fifa overshadowed the organisers views on the tournament.
The governing body of world soccer, is caged in an increasing corruption scandal which already had 14 executives and officials arrested on charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

More also, forced the resigning of Fifa president Sepp Blatter by as December after 17 years in charge, but reporters continued to irritated the Fifa officials.

A Japanese reporter added fuel to the flaming issues when his asked about reasons why neither outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter, nor embattled Secretary General Jerome Valcke were present.

In a statement, FIFA Media Relations Manager Segolene Valentin urged the journalists to focused on the activities on the pitch and disgusting events in Zurich.

“The situation at FIFA HQ in Zurich has been well reported these last days and we are here to answer questions on the tournament,” Valentin told media.

Meanwhile Soccer Canada President Victor Montagliani has declared that the FIFA scandal has had no effect on the competition as well denied the issues will take the shy away from the football event.

“I think we should all thank that it’s the women’s game and the Women’s World Cup that is immediately following here,” Montagliani said.

“Because I think it’s an opportunity for women’s football to shine some light on the game that has perhaps lost a little of its moral compass,” he said.

Other storming FIFA panel members were also asked how the FIFA hospitality budget compares to the $15 million US prize money for the tournament (a FIFA official could not provide numbers), and why there are so few women in the FIFA organization.

The 24-team Women’s World Cup opens Saturday in Edmonton, Alta as World Cup hosts Canada plays China with 52,000 tickets already sold out.

Nigeria’s women team plays Sweden in their Group D opening game on Monday in Winnipeg.

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