Legal Momentum applauds the appointment of Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura as the first woman secretary general of FIFA, the governing body of world soccer. FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced her appointment by the FIFA Council on May 13, 2016. Ms. Samoura, who is Senegalese, is the first woman and first African to hold this post.
FIFA’s Appointing a Woman to Its Governing Body Is Only the First Step Towards Leveling the Playing Field
While claiming to be the godfather to international women's football, he suggested players should wear tighter shorts to emphasize their prettiness. At the 2012 World Player of the Year awards ceremonies, he failed to recognize American superstar Alex Morgan, a nominee.
This opinion piece by Legal Momentum's Executive Vice President and Legal Director, Penny M. Venetis, calls for FIFA to include an end to gender bias in much-needed reforms.
High-ranking officials of FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, have been indicted for corruption. FIFA's illegal activities don't stop there, however. Rampant gender bias exists at every level of FIFA, from the top down. This multi-billion dollar powerhouse deliberately excludes and discriminates against women. It's time for that to end.