Fifa corruption scandal: A timeline of events

Fifa's woes began back in December 2010. Credit: Reuters

Here is a timeline of the scandal that has engulfed Fifa in recent years.

December 2010

Russia is awarded the 2018 World Cup while the 2022 tournament goes to Qatar.

It comes days after the BBC broadcasts a Panorama expose of Fifa, claiming senior officials Nicolas Leoz, Issa Hayatou and Ricardo Teixeira, who went on to vote on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, took bribes in the 1990s.

Sepp Blatter announces Russi'a win. Credit: Reuters

February 2011

Fifa's ethics committee upheld three-year and one-year bans imposed respectively upon executive committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii for breaches of Fifa's code of ethics following a Sunday Times investigation into wrongdoing during the World Cup 2018 and 2022 bidding campaigns.

May 2011

Fifa suspends presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam and Vice President Jack Warner pending an investigation into claims they had offered financial incentives to members of the Caribbean Football Union.

The organisation drops a complaint against President Sepp Blatter.

Former Fifa vice president Jack Warner . Credit: PA

Fifa sponsors Coca-Cola, Adidas, Emirates and Visa raise concerns about the ongoing corruption claims surrounding some officials.

June 2011

Hammam is found guilty of bribery and banned from all international and national football activity for life.

Warner resigns from his position but is not investigated.

July 2012

As criticism grows, Fifa commissions a report into allegations of corruption in world football, which is led by former US attorney and newly-appointed head of Fifa's ethics committee Michael Garcia.

June 2014

The Sunday Times reports it received ''hundreds of millions'' of documents which it claims show that disgraced former Fifa executive committee member Hammam had made payments to football officials in return for votes for Qatar.

September 2014

Garcia completes his 430-page report into corruption allegations and sends it to Fifa.

Michael Garcia. Credit: Reuters

November 2014

Hans-Joachim Eckert, chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of Fifa's independent ethics committee, publishes a 42-page summary of Garcia's investigation, effectively confirming Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts after finding breaches by them were ''of very limited scope''.

Fifa lodges a criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general over ''possible misconduct'' by individuals in connection with the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, but say that the investigation into the bidding process for the two World Cups is concluded.

Garcia calls the summary "incomplete and erroneous" and launches an appeal against it.

Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser al-Misnad, wife of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, after the announcement that Qatar will host 2022 World Cup. Credit: Reuters

December 2014

Garcia looses his appeal against Eckert's review of his report and resigns as Fifa's independent ethics investigator.

The US lawyer issues a statement criticising Fifa's ''lack of leadership'', saying he cannot change the culture of the world governing body.

December 2014

Fifa executives agree to publish a "legally appropriate version" of the report.

This report has not yet been released.

Protesters outside the Fifa congress. Credit: Reuters

May 2015

Dawn raids in Zurich see six Fifa officials arrested. They are later charged by US authorities along with three other Fifa officials over allegations of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies spanning 24 years.

They are accused of breeding decades of "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption within Fifa by the US Justice Department.

Fifa say the upcoming presidential elections will go ahead.

Sepp Blatter at the Fifia congress. Credit: Reuters

Meanwhile, the Swiss authorities raid Fifa headquarters, gathering data and documents for their separate investigation in to allegations of criminal mismanagement and money laundering in connection with the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

Fifa says there will be no redraw of the World Cup bids.

FBI agents bring out boxes after an operation inside the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) Credit: Reuters