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FIFA in Trouble After Arrests Linked to Alleged Corruption

Jun 01, 2015 - by Dani
FIFA is under investigation

FIFA is under investigation

U.S. and Swiss authorities run investigations about corruption cases regarding FIFA, international football’s governing body. The announcement of the investigations came after the United States and Switzerland set extradition agreements and nine present and former FIFA leaders were arrested in Zurich on Wednesday. Many pundits and fans envision that these are the last days of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who is looking for his fifth term on the top of international football. There are also calls for radical changes within the FIFA to continue to work as a trustworthy organization.

The Guardian:Fifa in crisis: Blatter faces calls to resign, as sponsors express ‘disappointment’

After the arrests of FIFA leaders in Zurich, Switzerland, Visa, the organization’s sponsor intends to review its deals with the International Football Federation. Greg Dyke, the chairman of the English FA and Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona are amongst, who once again call for the resignation of FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

On Wednesday, US prosecutors accused FIFA officials and sports media executives of bribes engaging more than USD 150 million in 24 years. Blatter is looking for his fifth term as the president of FIFA before the elections this week, however many who follow sports scores doubt that the organization can continue to operate in this form.

Dyke expressed that this is definitely the time for the 79-year-old sports leader to say goodbye. He revealed, “Blatter has put out a statement saying now is the time to start rebuilding the trust in FIFA – there is no way of re-building trust in FIFA while Sepp Blatter is still there.”

The New York Times:After Indicting 14, U.S. Vows to End Graft in FIFA

United States federal prosecutors stated that at least one vote was clearly bought in 2004 when soccer’s governing body decided about the hosts of the 2010 World Cup. Jack Warner from Trinidad and Tobago, who was amongst the voters back then, allegedly sold his ballot to the country with the best offer, gambling news report.

His vote went eventually to South Africa, in exchange for a payment of USD 10 million to an organization administered by Warner, according to American officials, who also claim that he used most of the money personally. The prosecutors stated that this was a routine move at FIFA since decades, using terms for the leaders of international soccer usually kept for Mafia families and drug cartels.

The Justice Department and prosecutors for the Eastern District of New York expressed that their investigation basically just started, and their aim is to clean international soccer from the systematic corruption that characterized it for decades.

ESPNFC.com:FIFA crisis, Sepp Blatter’s future — what you need to know

US prosecutors claim to have identified at least twelve different corruption patterns while investigating the International Football Federation. They have also indicted 14 FIFA present and past officials and sport marketing executives. Swiss officials announced that they are investigating now the decision procedures about hosting the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.

The U.S. Department of Justice set extradition agreements with the Swiss authorities, who arrested the FIFA leaders gathered to the Congress held in Zurich. The Swiss Attorney General, probably synchronizing his steps with the DOJ, revealed their ongoing but entirely separate investigation on Wednesday afternoon, once the arrests were carried out.

The U.S. got involved after possible wrongdoings were found regarding CONCACAF, the North and Central American Football Federation based in Miami. Online mobile news also report that people and companies involved in the corruption transferred the bribe money through the United States or through companies incorporated in the United States.

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