On June 3rd, 2015, and at the request of the FBI, the international police organisation Interpol issued its well-known red or 'wanted' notices in relation to key figures in football's world governing body FIFA. These figures included Jack Warner from Trinidad and Uruguay's Nicolas Leoz, both accused of racketeering, conspiracy and corruption. A few days earlier FIFA's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, had been searched in a dawn raid and seven FIFA executives had been arrested in their luxury hotel. It was the start of the the so-called 'FIFAgate' affair that made front pages all around the world.
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.