Another day, another corruption scandal for FIFA.
A member of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee was arrested in the Cayman Islands on suspicion of corruption and money laundering. Canover Watson was released on bail and ordered to report back to police amidst an investigation by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Anti-Corruption Unit.
Watson also serves as the vice president of the Caribbean Football Union.
Although the investigation revolves around Watson’s involvement in a hospital billing system and not FIFA, it never looks good when a committee member is involved in any type of scandal.
FIFA has been under fire as of late, with most criticism revolving around possible corruption in Qatar over the 2022 World Cup. Reports state Mohammed bin Hammam paid over $5 million to officials in order to support the small nation’s World Cup bid. Hammam was formerly the president of the Asian Football Confederation before being handed a lifetime ban from international football by FIFA.
Investigations took place regarding corruption and bribery in both Qatar and Russia’s World Cup bids, leading to a 350-page report. However, FIFA is not releasing the report to the public, leading to even more speculation over the findings.