FIFA, global soccer's embattled governing body, has hired politically connected Teneo Holdings to handle potential fallout over the Justice Dept. probe into alleged corruption, according to the BBC.
Teneo president Doug Band, who served as special advisor to President Bill Clinton and helped establish the Clinton Global Initiative, handled America's pitch for the 2022 World Cup, which went to Arab Gulf State Qatar.
The Senate on July 15 held hearings on potential FIFA financial mischief and into the abhorrent conditions that exist in the foreign worker camps in Qatar. Kansas Republican Jerry Moran said FIFA's "culture of corruption is turning a blind eye to significant human rights violations and the tragic loss of lives."
Qatar uses Levick and Britain's Portland Communications for PR duties. Levick renewed its $88K monthly pact July 1.
Teneo's Band served as director of the US 2022 Cup effort, which had Clinton as honorary chairman.
The former president also did a stint as senior advisor to the strategic PR firm. Band handled negotiations related to Hillary Clinton becoming Secretary of State.
Declan Kelly, former executive VP at FTI Consulting and CEO of Financial Dynamics, is co-founder and CEO of Teneo. In 2009, Secretary of State Clinton appointed Kelly to the US Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland post.
BBC reports that FIFA hired Teneo at the advice of Quinn Emmanuel, its US law firm. On July 9, Teneo announced the acquisition of British PR firm Blue Rubicon, which has worked with Qatar.
FIFA PR chief Walter DeGregorio quit last month.