Nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives face charges of racketeering, conspiracy, and corruption for their participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer, according to the 47-count indictment unsealed Wednesday.
“This is the World Cup of fraud and today we are issuing FIFA a red card,” the head of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation said. On Thursday, the organization’s president, Sepp Blatter, pulled out from a conference he was due to address, amid fears journalists would question him about the latest corruption scandal.
“They were expected to uphold the rules that keep soccer honest, and protect the integrity of the game,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch told reporters Wednesday morning in New York City. “Instead, they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and enrich themselves.”
The arrests came at the request of the U.S. Justice Department and are the result of a three-year FBI investigation. Read more…