Justice Department Goes After Corrupt FIFA Officials

International Football
“The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States.” – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The world of international football was shaken with the announcement that Swiss authorities had arrested several officials of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. The officials have been indicted in the USA for accepting bribes and kickbacks.

“According to U.S. request, these crimes were agreed and prepared in the U.S., and payments were carried out via U.S. banks.” – The Swiss Office of Justice (Source: CNN)

In response to the arrests, the FIFA published the following statement on its website:

FIFA welcomes actions that can help contribute to rooting out any wrongdoing in football. We understand that today’s actions by the Swiss Federal Office of Justice on behalf of the US authorities and the Swiss Office of the Attorney General (initiated by FIFA through the submission of the file on the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding
process) relate to different matters.

Firstly, the arrest of six individuals this morning in Zurich concerns investigations by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of the State of New York. The Swiss authorities, acting on behalf of their US counterparts, arrested the individuals for activities carried out in relation with CONCACAF and CONMEBOL business.

The second instance follows FIFA’s initiative of presenting the file on the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup™ bidding process to the Swiss Office of the Attorney General in November 2014. The authorities are taking the opportunity of the FIFA Congress to interview those FIFA Executive Committee members who are not Swiss residents who voted back in 2010 and are still in office.

Today, the Swiss Office of the Attorney General announced that it has opened criminal proceedings against persons unknown in relation to the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup™ bidding process. FIFA is fully cooperating with the investigation and is supporting the collection of evidence in this regard. As noted by the Swiss authorities, this collection of evidence is being carried out on a cooperative basis.

We are pleased to see that the investigation is being energetically pursued for the good of football and believe that it will help to reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken.

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  • Brett Buck

    They are busily violating court injunctions on illegal alien amnesty, traveling to Baltimore to stoke more racial hatred and violence, and they have plenty of time left over for some stupid soccer crooks?

    If they were worried about “international” frauds, why waste their time with something no one cares about like soccer. People care slightly more about the Olympics, and the IOC is 10x as crooked. Even more relevant, the UN is one of the most fundamentally corrupt organizations ever seen, and no one is arresting those idiots and kicking them out of the country,

    • jim_m

      The FIFA charges are typical distraction politics. Sure, these guys are almost certainly guilty of everything they have been charged with and should be prosecuted, however, I doubt that they would be charged at this time unless it were advantageous to take the focus off of the recent 5th circuit ruling that the injunction against obama’s executive action on amnesty be upheld since obama has very little chance of succeeding in his defense of the action.

      • Hank_M

        Power Line thinks it might be retaliation for snubbing the US over the 2022 World Cup. Believe it or not, our own attorney general, Holder, “went all the way to Zurich in pursuit of the Cup.”

        So yes, distraction politics mixed with a little revenge. Seems about right for these people.

        • Commander_Chico

          The Qataris paid massibe bribes, yes. It’s otherwise insane to have a World Cup in that country.

          • Brett Buck

            Correct, but if you want a distraction, one would think you would want a distraction that people actually cared about.

          • Commander_Chico

            You mean you don’t care about it.

    • Brucehenry

      Wrong on the popularity numbers. Wonder if you’re wrong about your wild accusations? Ha ha just kidding, I don’t really wonder.

      http://www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/olympics-popular-but-no-world-cup-43735

      • Brett Buck

        Another imbecilic rant, quite helpful.

      • Brett Buck

        Another imbecilic rant, quite helpful.

    • jim_m

      Soccer is more popular. In fact the reason the US is willing to do this is because it isn’t popular here. Anywhere else this would be taboo.

  • Of COURSE FIFA is utterly corrupt. It’s European.

  • Paul Hooson

    A very disappointing reflection on a major professional sport.

    • jim_m

      You misspelled “unsurprising”

  • 914

    Next up Lynch goes after Hillary’s bribes and kickbacks.

    Ha ha ha!

    • Hank_M

      It really is amazing what she’s getting away with.
      Anyone else, especially those with an R designation, would be indicted and eventually, off to jail.