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    FIFA Inquiry Yields Indictments; U.S. Officials Vow to Pursue More

    Good, but I doubt they will face any real consequences.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/sp...mong-them.html

    Swiss authorities conducted an extraordinary early-morning operation here Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges. As leaders of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, gathered for their annual meeting, more than a dozen plainclothes Swiss law enforcement officials arrived unannounced at the Baur au Lac hotel, an elegant five-star property with views of the Alps and Lake Zurich. They went to the front desk to get room numbers and then proceeded upstairs. The arrests were carried out peacefully. One FIFA official, Eduardo Li of Costa Rica, was led by the authorities from his room to a side-door exit of the hotel. He was allowed to bring his luggage, which was adorned with FIFA logos. The charges, backed by an F.B.I. investigation, allege widespread corruption in FIFA over the past two decades, involving bids for World Cups as well as marketing and broadcast deals.

    Several hours after the soccer officials were apprehended at the hotel, Swiss authorities said they had opened criminal cases related to the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups — incidents that, more than any others, encapsulated FIFA’s unusual power dynamic. “In the course of said proceedings,” the Swiss officials said, “electronic data and documents were seized today at FIFA’s head office in Zurich.” The arrests were a startling blow to FIFA, a multibillion-dollar organization that governs the world’s most popular sport but has been plagued by accusations of bribery for decades. The inquiry is also a major threat to Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s longtime president who is generally recognized as the most powerful person in sports, though he was not charged. Blatter has for years acted as a de facto head of state. Politicians, star players, national soccer officials and global corporations that want their brands attached to the sport have long genuflected before him.

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    Re: FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Sepp Blatter Isn’t Among Them

    Quote Originally Posted by Anomalism View Post
    Good, but I doubt they will face any real consequences.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/sp...mong-them.html

    Swiss authorities conducted an extraordinary early-morning operation here Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges. As leaders of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, gathered for their annual meeting, more than a dozen plainclothes Swiss law enforcement officials arrived unannounced at the Baur au Lac hotel, an elegant five-star property with views of the Alps and Lake Zurich. They went to the front desk to get room numbers and then proceeded upstairs. The arrests were carried out peacefully. One FIFA official, Eduardo Li of Costa Rica, was led by the authorities from his room to a side-door exit of the hotel. He was allowed to bring his luggage, which was adorned with FIFA logos. The charges, backed by an F.B.I. investigation, allege widespread corruption in FIFA over the past two decades, involving bids for World Cups as well as marketing and broadcast deals.

    Several hours after the soccer officials were apprehended at the hotel, Swiss authorities said they had opened criminal cases related to the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups — incidents that, more than any others, encapsulated FIFA’s unusual power dynamic. “In the course of said proceedings,” the Swiss officials said, “electronic data and documents were seized today at FIFA’s head office in Zurich.” The arrests were a startling blow to FIFA, a multibillion-dollar organization that governs the world’s most popular sport but has been plagued by accusations of bribery for decades. The inquiry is also a major threat to Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s longtime president who is generally recognized as the most powerful person in sports, though he was not charged. Blatter has for years acted as a de facto head of state. Politicians, star players, national soccer officials and global corporations that want their brands attached to the sport have long genuflected before him.
    The Swiss legal system doesn't really have much of a record for clamping down on corruption, money-laundering and financial shenanigans of the wealthy and connected. I'd have a bit more faith in the likelihood of those arrested in Miami actually taking some heat, but even then, I doubt it'll amount to much and will be stretched out over so many years that the culprits will have many years yet to enjoy their ill-gotten gains. As Gary Lineker has been quoted as saying: "There can't be a more corrupt, deplorable organisation on earth than Fifa. The house of cards is falling. Time for change!" I agree, and I hope the house of cards falls quickly and entirely, but I'm not holding my breath.
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    Re: FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Sepp Blatter Isn’t Among Them

    Great, just great. Break international laws of an organization headquartered in Zurich regarding a world sport that is not big in the US and not even understood by most of the people in the US and what country becomes all butt hurt over FIFA bribery charges? Give me a feckin break! The US - a nation that openly operates on bribery at the highest levels.

    WTF is wrong with this picture? If I lived in another country I'd have to ask myself if there is anything on earth that the sanctimonious assholes of the US can leave to other nations? It's appalling and frankly embarrassing.

    In the context of US involvement the OP almost sounds like an Onion article.










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    Re: FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Sepp Blatter Isn’t Among Them

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    Great, just great. Break international laws of an organization headquartered in Zurich regarding a world sport that is not big in the US and not even understood by most of the people in the US and what country becomes all butt hurt over FIFA bribery charges? Give me a feckin break! The US - a nation that openly operates on bribery at the highest levels.

    WTF is wrong with this picture? If I lived in another country I'd have to ask myself if there is anything on earth that the sanctimonious assholes of the US can leave to other nations? It's appalling and frankly embarrassing.

    In the context of US involvement the OP almost sounds like an Onion article.
    You're wrong. I think most people outside the US will be saying "thank God someone's prepared to take them on!" I think that it really takes an organisation with the resources of the FBI to have the ability to investigate this incredibly complex and wide-ranging web of corruption. It might be a bit ironic that they aren't prepared to tackle, for example, corruption in the NCAA, or in Wall Street, but whatever the poor motive, I'm delighted FIFA's finally going to get some come-uppance.

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    Re: FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Sepp Blatter Isn’t Among Them

    Personally, I think this is freaking hilarious.
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    Re: FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Sepp Blatter Isn’t Among Them

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    Great, just great. Break international laws of an organization headquartered in Zurich regarding a world sport that is not big in the US and not even understood by most of the people in the US and what country becomes all butt hurt over FIFA bribery charges? Give me a feckin break! The US - a nation that openly operates on bribery at the highest levels.

    WTF is wrong with this picture? If I lived in another country I'd have to ask myself if there is anything on earth that the sanctimonious assholes of the US can leave to other nations? It's appalling and frankly embarrassing.

    In the context of US involvement the OP almost sounds like an Onion article.
    What we're doing is slapping Europe in the face. The puritans over there are always yelling about US over one thing or another, so good'nuff for'em.
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    Re: FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Sepp Blatter Isn’t Among Them

    Fifa as an organization makes the NCAA look positively benign in comparison.
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    Re: FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Sepp Blatter Isn’t Among Them

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    Great, just great. Break international laws of an organization headquartered in Zurich regarding a world sport that is not big in the US and not even understood by most of the people in the US and what country becomes all butt hurt over FIFA bribery charges? Give me a feckin break! The US - a nation that openly operates on bribery at the highest levels.

    WTF is wrong with this picture? If I lived in another country I'd have to ask myself if there is anything on earth that the sanctimonious assholes of the US can leave to other nations? It's appalling and frankly embarrassing.

    In the context of US involvement the OP almost sounds like an Onion article.
    Nope. Every football fan worldwide is ecstatic about this.

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    Re: FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Sepp Blatter Isn’t Among Them

    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    Personally, I think this is freaking hilarious.
    every football fan in the world is loving this, its so overdue.

    Fifa officials 'corrupted' football - US prosecutors - BBC News

    20 years they are saying???? Unreal.
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    Re: FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Sepp Blatter Isn’t Among Them

    Quote Originally Posted by jet57 View Post
    What we're doing is slapping Europe in the face. The puritans over there are always yelling about US over one thing or another, so good'nuff for'em.
    Well, the officials arrested are all American.
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