The United States Department of Justice is coming after FIFA and they are going in for the kill. According to U.S. officials FIFA has been operating a crooked system that is deeply rooted in systematic corruption for at least 24 years. The investigation into soccer’s governing body is just at the tip of the iceberg.
So far nine FIFA officials have been arrested in Switzerland and will be extradited to the U.S. according to U.S. District Attorney Loretta Lynch and more are expected as the investigation develops. U.S. prosecutors said they have uncovered schemes during their investigation–one involving South Africa being awarded the World Cup in 2010. In addition, FIFA has solicited bribes for its high profile events.
This comes as little surprise to hardcore soccer fans. In fact if you didn’t know FIFA was corrupt you were either not paying close attention or a moron. I don’t mean to be rude, but the writing was and still is on the wall. How does Qatar win the World Cup bidding? Why were Beats by Dre not allowed on the pitch of the 2014 World Cup? Money talks and until now no one heard FIFA’s money talking. Well looks like everything does come to an end.
We will keep you updated on what will undoubtedly be a landmark story and case in not only soccer, but sports.