LONDON: World Cup sponsors Sony, Adidas, and Visa have voiced their concerns over the growing corruption scandal engulfing FIFA’s controversial decision to award the 2022 competition to Qatar.
The latest batch of bribery allegations published in The Sunday Times has heaped pressure on international soccer’s organizing body to act, with politicians including UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband saying there is an "overwhelming case" for reopening the bidding.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter acknowledged the situation on Twitter, but called on critics to wait for an investigation by New York lawyer Michael Garcia, saying, "Never ignoring media reports on ethics allegations in football. But let the Ethics Committee work!"
Never ignoring media reports on ethics allegations in football. But let the Ethics Committee work!— Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) June 7, 2014
However, World Cup sponsors, which are believed to contribute about $1.5 billion to FIFA each year, have added to the chorus of disapproval, arguing the "negative tenor" of the revelations is not good for soccer.
"We are confident that the matter is being dealt with as a priority. Adidas enjoys a long-term and successful partnership with FIFA that we are looking forward to continuing," Adidas said in a statement. "Having said that, the negative tenor of the public debate around FIFA at the moment is neither good for football nor for FIFA and its partners."
Sony, meanwhile, said it expects FIFA to "adhere to its principles" in its handling of the matter.
"As a FIFA partner, we expect these allegations to be investigated appropriately," it said in a statement. "We continue to expect FIFA to adhere to its principles of integrity, ethics, and fair play across all aspects of its operation."
Other sponsors such as Castrol-owner BP, Coca-Cola, and Visa have all called on the organizing body to take "appropriate actions once FIFA’s own ethics committee report is released.
This story originally appeared on the website of Marketing.