FIFA hires Teneo for 'operational and reputational' work

FIFA has taken on US-based consulting firm Teneo Holdings as the world football governing body looks to deal with its ongoing crisis.

FIFA: Switzerland-based football body works with US firm Teneo (picture credit: Ennio Leanza/AP/Press Association Images)
FIFA: Switzerland-based football body works with US firm Teneo (picture credit: Ennio Leanza/AP/Press Association Images)

A spokesman for FIFA said: "FIFA has retained global advisory firm Teneo to work across operational and reputational priorities."

Various media have pointed out the links between Teneo and the failed US bid to host the 2022 Football World Cup. That tournament was eventually awarded to Qatar but the bidding process has since come under scrutiny. Douglas Band, president of Teneo, served on the board of the US bid committee.

Teneo declined to comment.

Earlier this month Walter De Gregorio, comms and public affairs director at FIFA, stepped down days after making a joke on Swiss TV at the expense of the organisation’s outgoing president Sepp Blatter. The organisation was already in the midst of a well-publicised crisis involving arrests, allegations of corruption and confusion as to whether or not Blatter had actually resigned.

Last week Teneo acquired UK PR agencies Blue Rubicon and StockWell, which resulted in a doubling of its global headcount.

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