The world governing body of football, FIFA has been embroiled in controversy ever since news of corruption and bribery scandals broke out. Branding FIFA’s corruption scandals as disappointing and “disgusting”, Beckham insists though that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups should not be moved.
News about FIFA’s corruption scandal first broke out in May when 14 executives were being investigated by FBI and last week 16 officials were charged by US authorities.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini are each serving a 90-day suspension while a Swiss criminal investigation team is looking into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar.
When asked about FIFA’s corruption scandals, Beckham told the Christmas issue of Radio Times: “No – they are just hitting the bend”.
“There’s a lot still to be done. It’s such a mess that it’s going to take a while to sort out.”
“For me to see the game, the way it’s been treated and looked after, is devastating. It’s disgusting.”
Beckham was also part of the FA delegation aiming to win the 2018 World Cup bid.
After news of FIFA’s corruption scandals broke out, there has been immense pressure to re-run the 2018 and 2022 elections as 16 out of 24 committee members serving at the time of bid have been found guilty or are being investigated.
The 2022 Qatar tournament particularly has come under intense scrutiny considering the tournament has to be played in the winter months and there’s the high risks to players and fans involved. However, the tournament is likely to start in November instead and despite the difficulties, Beckham feels that “they’ll make it work”.
“Whether it’s corrupt or not, those countries have been chosen,” Beckham said in the full interview with Radio Times.
“People need to get behind that. It’s all about bringing football to new countries. I think they should stick with it.”
Beckham is also working to spread the game everywhere and has plans to create a Major League Soccer Franchise in Miami.
The former England captain insists that they are on course to enter the league in 2018 and is confident of luring some “big players” to the club.