The next president of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) must ensure that countries hosting future World Cup events comply with fundamental human rights regulations and financial transparency, a watchdog said Thursday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The statement from Human Rights Watch (HRW) comes one day before the FIFA presidential election on May 29 and a day after the US Justice Department indicted 14 FIFA officials on wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering charges.
"The next FIFA president needs to deal directly with crises – including human rights abuses and corruption – that are undermining the foundations of football’s management," HRW's Director of Global Initiatives Minky Worden was quoted as saying on the organization’s website.
Worden said that countries seeking to host the World Cup should be expected "to play by the rules," especially with regard to avoiding human rights violations.
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