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Top FIFA Officials Charged With Bribery and Corruption


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    The Justice Department has filed charges against top FIFA officials, including one of its Vice Presidents, in a wide ranging corruption scandal that threatens to tarnish the governing body of the most popular sport in the world. Attorney General Lynch said that these indictments are only the beginning of their investigation and the pledged to bring the seemingly lawless organization back in line.

    It is hard to wrap my head around some of these charges. They range from racketeering to money laundering and even accuse one official of accepting more than $10 million in bribes. They also accuse FIFA of engaging in illegal activity surrounding the pics for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

    FIFA has long been accused of acting above the law, but it seems like their days of lawlessness may have run their course, especially if Attorney General Lynch sticks to her threat that this is only the beginning of the investigation.

    What does everyone else think about today's announcement? Are FIFA's days as being above the law numbered or will this eventually be swept under the rug and business as usual will continue?
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    BearDown Wrote: The Justice Department has filed charges against top FIFA officials, including one of its Vice Presidents, in a wide ranging corruption scandal that threatens to tarnish the governing body of the most popular sport in the world. Attorney General Lynch said that these indictments are only the beginning of their investigation and the pledged to bring the seemingly lawless organization back in line.

    It is hard to wrap my head around some of these charges. They range from racketeering to money laundering and even accuse one official of accepting more than $10 million in bribes. They also accuse FIFA of engaging in illegal activity surrounding the pics for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

    FIFA has long been accused of acting above the law, but it seems like their days of lawlessness may have run their course, especially if Attorney General Lynch sticks to her threat that this is only the beginning of the investigation.

    What does everyone else think about today's announcement? Are FIFA's days as being above the law numbered or will this eventually be swept under the rug and business as usual will continue?
    I think this will be swept under. What will probably happen is those who are accused will retire quietly and they will bring in two more drones to take their place. You know, just as a, "something was done" move.
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    Sadly, I think it will be swept under the rug. There is so much money and power involved that the people in trouble will either take the fall with a huge safety net or keep their job with a slap on the wrist.

    The extradition is an interesting part. I imagine some scapegoats will take the fall, then FIFA business as usual
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    Is the FIFA cup like the Olympics? Countries spend billions of dollars on upgrades that are used once then they all fall into disarray?

    When I read that South Africa paid 10 million dollars in bribes, I wonder just how beneficial securing the cup is or is it a curse like the olympics
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    Unbelievable. They just re-elected President Sepp Blatter to a 5th term during all this, 133-73.

    Nice sarcastic as hell article from Deadspin says it well..

    http://screamer.deadspin.com/all-hail-sepp-blatter-fifa-emperor-for-life-1707713325
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    Zip Wrote: Is the FIFA cup like the Olympics? Countries spend billions of dollars on upgrades that are used once then they all fall into disarray?

    When I read that South Africa paid 10 million dollars in bribes, I wonder just how beneficial securing the cup is or is it a curse like the olympics
    It sure seems like it. I just saw an interesting piece last night that talked about the stadiums built for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are now being used to house buses.

    FIFA has some really serious problems and yet they continue to dig their heads into the sand. Reelecting Sepp Blatter probably wasn't the best thing FIFA could have done, but there are plenty of countries who seem to have no problem with his stewardship.
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    Wow! Sepp Blatter just resigned as FIFA President. I never saw this coming and was totally thrown off guard.

    He will remain President until a new one is elected, but this is a monumental announcement. He has been FIFA President since 1998 and was just reelected to a new term only a few days ago. Now he will step down and a new President will have to try to get control of the mess that Blatter has left them with.
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    Last time I checked 14 people were indicted in the FIFA arrests. Is Blatter stepping down a way from him to try and avoid an arrest as well? Can't imagine that it would make any difference, unless he figures that authorities will go easier on him now that he gave up his position. Anyone have a theory as to why exactly it was in his best interest to resign?? I mean, he has been accused of corruption for a few decades now. So.. why now? Is it finally real enough for him?