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
A letter by Legal Momentum's Executive Vice President and Legal Director, Penny M. Venetis, in response to the article, "A Little Praise for Blatter. Very Little.” The letter makes the point that in fact, Blatter deserves no praise at all for FIFA's record on gender bias during his tenure.
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.