FIFA lost support Friday, June 12, 2015, from both the Vatican and Interpol due to fraud investigations. Interpol stated it would no longer take funding from FIFA, which is supposed to stop match fixing and other corruption in soccer. Four years ago FIFA pledged 20 million Euros over 10 years to stop illegal activities and govern the sport. The Vatican was going to receive a donation, but will no long accept the Copa American soccer tournament funds in light of the corruption allegations against FIFA.
Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock stated, due to the “current context surrounding FIFA, while Interpol is still committed to developing our Integrity in Sport program, I have decided to suspend the agreement. All external partners, whether public or private, must share the fundamental values and principles of the organization, as well as those of the wider law enforcement community.”
FIFA is disappointed. The governing body suspended the bidding process for World Cup 2026 and called an executive committee for July 20. It is a special committee to reform the structure and elect a new president. The new person would replace Sepp Blatter.
Blatter stated he would leave as soon as a new president is elected between December and March. He gained the win in the election shortly after US authorities charged FIFA with money laundering, bribery, and racketeering.
Swiss authorities are also investigating the 2018 and 2022 World Cups which went to Russia and Qatar.
FIFA stated the organization remains committed to stopping criminal activity and hope that they can negotiate with Interpol to remain as part of the solution. Interpol will assist in criminal investigations, including one against Nicolas Leoz for conspiracy and corruption. However, taking funds from FIFA to aide in helping the organization with the Integrity in Sport Program will remain suspended while the FIFA organization is considered corrupt.