Editor’s Note: We said we would never cover soccer but this is actually hilarious and amazing to watch one of the most corrupt organizations in the world get pwned. Carry on.
When votes count for hosting the most prestigious tournament that the whole world watches, wouldn’t it be obvious that selling votes would be illegal. As a lifelong soccer fan it makes me sad that people had to cheat to get the committee to vote for the World Cup to be in their country. One committee member shopped around in 2004 and sold his vote to South Africa for $10 million. South Africa won the votes and hosted the World Cup in 2010.
Oh no big deal, just another day in international soccer. Wednesday they announced an indictment against fourteen officials. These officials accepted $150 million in bribes over the past two decades. “These individuals and organizations engaged in bribery to decide who would televise games, where the games would be held, and who would run the organization overseeing organized soccer worldwide.” Attorney General Loretta Elynch said.
The federal indictment lists 47 counts, including bribery, fraud and money laundering. FIFA has been accused of corruption for a long time. The top officials have avoided punishment. Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president, said this would make the sport stronger. I really can’t see that happening. Blatt was very smart with most of the ways he hid his payments. They used fake consulting contracts, sent money through associates working in the financial industry, created shell companies in tax havens, hid foreign bank accounts, used safe deposit boxes and “bulk cash smuggling”.
It will more likely be months before the people overseas will spear in Brooklyn court, but hopefully justice will be served.