About freaking time. The Swiss authorities arrested about 10 FIFA top authorities and plan to extradite them to the US where they will face the charges. Although Sepp Blatter was not among them, Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago was, probably the most infamous criminal among them.
For those that don’t know, FIFA ranks only with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) as the most brazenly corrupt sports organization in the world. Bribery is widespread and barely concealed. It’s why Qatar got the World Cup for 2022, but this stuff has been going on for a lot longer than that.
The biggest offenders are from CONCAFAF, which includes nations such as the USA, Mexico, and Canada, but the real offenders are from much smaller nations, which wield disproportionate power, probably due to their willingness to pay bribes. Should be an interesting next few months…
Seems there are two strands. The arrests based on American charges, and a separate ongoing investigation by Swiss authorities (initiated on 10th March this year). Here’s the press release from the Swiss Attorney General
Seems unlikely. The Justice Department appears to be handling this in the classic mob case manner. They’ve flipped the little guys to get the middle guys. Eventually the middle guys will get the boss for them.
So if they get convicted, does the 2022 World Cup get moved away from Qatar? While I understand that soccer fans have been against the Qatar selection from the beginning, the country has put tons of money (and, from what I hear, lives) into building World Cup venues, do those just get wasted?