Football's world governing body, FIFA, has been surrounded by claims of widespread corruption since 2015, when the US Department of Justice indicted several top executives on charges of corruption.

In the June 2015 edition of our newsletter here, we reported on the US indictment of 14 current and former FIFA officials and associates in May 2015 on charges of "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption following an investigation by the FBI. This followed the arrest of seven FIFA executives at a luxury hotel in Zurich.

Since our article, further revelations have unfolded. In December 2015, FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini were banned for eight years from all football-related activities by FIFA's ethics committee. Blatter was found to have made a "disloyal payment" of £1.3m to Platini in 2011, which the FIFA ethics committee found had demonstrated an "abusive execution" of their positions. Both are expected to appeal the decisions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. A separate criminal investigation into both men is ongoing in Switzerland.  

Also in December 2015, 16 FIFA officials were charged following the arrest of two FIFA vice-presidents in Zurich. The former head of the Brazil football federation Ricardo Teixeira was among those accused of being "involved in criminal schemes involving well over $200m (£132m) in bribes and kickbacks".

The continuing saga will be watched with interest by football administrators and their D&O insurers.