A new Netflix documentary series will examine the FIFA organization and the several scandals that have occurred behind its closed doors. FIFA has a shady history, and for a while now, there have been a number of claims surrounding the corrupt nature of its dealings. The documentary is entitled FIFA Uncovered, which will ask the question of how Qatar was handed the hosting of the 2022 World Cup and will release on November 9th, just eleven days before the tournament begins.
The synopsis for the show reads: “From power struggles to global politics, an exploration of FIFA reveals the organization’s checkered history — and what it takes to host a World Cup. For decades, FIFA united the globe through football. But behind the game, craftier schemes were at play. This documentary series traces the organization’s legacy, exploring the pageantry, power struggles and politics of hosting the World Cup.”
The documentary features contributions from several lawyers, investigative journalists and ex-FIFA representatives, including none other than Sepp Blatter, the disgraced four-term former president of the organization. The series will run for four episodes, giving a close examination of the corruption at the heart of FIFA and the Qatari officials.
Contributing reporter Ken Bensinger took to Twitter to exclaim his excitement for the upcoming series: “For the past 2 years, I’ve been privileged to help out with this ambitious project on FIFA & its manifold corruptions. I’ve seen the finished series. I can say it’s got amazing access & big revelations. Eager to see FIFA Uncovered drop… just in time for the Qatar World Cup!”
The series will open with how the corrupt culture of FIFA was borne into the organization in the 1970s, exploring how it went from a well-meaning collection to a mob-like group with structural flaws that meant that a few individuals could thrive. Attention soon turns to instances of bribery within the Qatari government and several instances of denial.