Every time FIFA does something right—like forming an independent investigation into allegations of corruption surrounding the votes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups—it manages to shoot itself in the foot. Reports out of Switzerland claim that "senior FIFA power-brokers" attempted to derail the investigation, presumably afraid of what it might uncover.
The awarding of the World Cups to Russia and Qatar have been dogged by claims of bribes—the most recent coming last week. FIFA appointed American former prosecutor Michael Garcia to head a "transparent" and "independent" probe into the allegations, and last week it was reported that Garcia was to begin interviewing the 12 Executive Committee members still around from the vote. But according to Reuters, at FIFA ExCo meetings in Zurich on Thursday and Friday, there was backroom campaigning by senior members to either remove Garcia from his post, or cancel the investigation altogether.