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    Soccer. I know, zzzzzzzzzzz. But it is the world game and this is hardly shocking news. World soccer has been rotten to the core for years and everyone knew it, but the prosecutors must have some pretty compelling evidence to warrant so many arrests. The seemingly untouchable Boss of the operation, Sepp Blatter, so far seems to have been given a pass but let's hope that changes as the corruption starts at the top.

    Sorry this article is a bit scrappy, I took it from a website full of ads and other irritants which I've tried to edit out.

    US prosecutors have accused several officials from football's governing body Fifa of racketeering, fraud and money laundering involving tens of millions of dollars over 24 years.
    Prosecutors said they had discovered a dozen schemes, including one awarding the 2010 World Cup to South Africa.
    Fourteen people have been indicted, with seven held in Zurich on Wednesday.
    Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who is not among them, issued a statement vowing to kick out corrupt officials.
    Fifa also announced a "swift and immediate provisional ban" from football-related activity on 11 of the people involved in the US prosecution.
    Fifa says it still intends to hold its presidential election on Friday. Mr Blatter is favoured to win a fifth term.

    However, European football body Uefa has called for the election to be postponed and said it would decide on Thursday whether to boycott the congress.
    Swiss prosecutors have also opened a separate investigation into the bidding process for the World Cup tournaments in 2018 in Russia and 2022 in Qatar.

    Those indicted in the US case are accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m (£97m) over a 24-year period beginning in 1991.
    Spelling out details of the US case, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said some Fifa executives had "used their positions to solicit bribes. They did this over and over, year after year, tournament after tournament".
    "They corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves."
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    One of the seven arrested in Zurich is Jeffrey Webb, current Fifa vice-president and head of the Concacaf federation that serves North and Central America.
    The others arrested were Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Eugenio Figueredo - also a vice-president - Rafael Esquivel and Jose Maria Marin.
    Six of the seven are contesting extradition to the US, Swiss authorities say.
    The seven are among the 11 banned by Fifa. The other four are Jack Warner, Nicolas Leoz, Chuck Blazer and Daryll Warner.

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that Fifa executives and others used bribes to influence the decision to hold the World Cup in South Africa
    Jack Warner, a former Fifa vice-president, is accused of soliciting $10m in bribes from South Africa's government over the hosting of the 2010 World Cup.
    After a warrant was issued for his arrest, Mr Warner turned himself in to authorities in Trinidad, and was released on bail of $2.5 million (£1.63m).
    Mr Warner had issued a statement saying he was innocent of any charges.
    If convicted on racketeering charges, the defendants could face up to 20 years in prison.
    Ms Lynch said the charges included:
    receiving bribes to award media and marketing rights to football tournaments
    receiving bribes to influence the decision of where tournaments should be hosted - including the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and the 2016 Copa America in the US
    racketeering - organised illegal activity
    money laundering
    wire fraud - or obtaining money by fraudulent means
    Ms Lynch said the forthcoming Fifa election had played no part in the timing of the indictments, and that although Fifa had a "lot of soul searching to do", US law officials were not looking to have "an impact on the decisions" Fifa needed to make in the future.

    In a video interview earlier on Wednesday, Jack Warner dismissed the allegations against him
    However, Acting US Attorney for New York eastern district Kelly Currie warned this was the "beginning, not the end, of the investigation".
    Four individuals, including Chuck Blazer and Daryll Warner - Jack Warner's son - and two companies have already pleaded guilty.
    Mr Blazer, the former top American official at Fifa, has been a co-operating witness for the FBI since he quit football in 2013.
    The US officials said there were no allegations that any football matches were affected by the alleged corruption.
    Mr Blatter said he welcomed the investigations by the US and Swiss authorities.
    He said this was "a difficult time for football, the fans and for Fifa as an organisation... such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game".

    Many have wondered how Sepp Blatter can have been in charge of Fifa for so long amid so many reports of corruption and yet remain, apparently, untouched.
    One Swiss newspaper jokingly called him "the dark prince of football, the godfather, Don Blatterone" - but no inquiry has ever revealed proof of his involvement in corruption.
    Some old friends describe Mr Blatter as down-to-earth and open. Others who have worked with him say he is a man who resents opposition, pointing to the swift departure of Fifa colleagues who dared to question him.
    What emerges, finally, is a man who both critics and supporters say cannot imagine his life without Fifa, a man whose tenure as president has outlasted three marriages.

    In the second case, Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings "against persons unknown on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and of money laundering in connection with the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 football World Cups".
    Swiss police said they would question 10 Fifa executive committee members who participated in the votes that selected Russia and Qatar in December 2010.
    Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the investigation would not affect its hosting of the 2018 event, telling Associated Press: "We've got nothing to hide."
    The Russian foreign ministry added that the US investigation appeared to be an "illegal extraterritorial application" of US law.
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    I have been reading about this all day. As an American, I don't give a damn about soccer and really neither does the rest of the country. I think that is the very reason why the US is the perfect country to take this case to court. The rest of the world is so soccer crazy that legal officials and regular citizen might not be able to see past their celebrity status (ourselves included...look at OJ and and Michael Jackson). We do make a big deal about corruption in sports. Look at how upset everyone was over slightly under inflated balls.

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    in other breaking news: water is wet.
    next thing you know they'll be telling us the IOC is shady too!
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    The soccer tide is changing. Participation for girls is sky rocketing in the U.S. The interest level in the women's World Cup has been much, much higher than expected as well. I think it's only going to go up. Still FIFA has always been corrupt. It's probably never going to change. There was a lot of commotion in our house during the awards ceremony but I think they said the Fifa president didn't travel to the game for fear of his safety. Ridiculous

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janet296 View Post
    I have been reading about this all day. As an American, I don't give a damn about soccer and really neither does the rest of the country. I think that is the very reason why the US is the perfect country to take this case to court. The rest of the world is so soccer crazy that legal officials and regular citizen might not be able to see past their celebrity status (ourselves included...look at OJ and and Michael Jackson). We do make a big deal about corruption in sports. Look at how upset everyone was over slightly under inflated balls.
    Big job being the spokesperson for the entire country?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janet296 View Post
    I have been reading about this all day. As an American, I don't give a damn about soccer and really neither does the rest of the country. I think that is the very reason why the US is the perfect country to take this case to court. The rest of the world is so soccer crazy that legal officials and regular citizen might not be able to see past their celebrity status (ourselves included...look at OJ and and Michael Jackson). We do make a big deal about corruption in sports. Look at how upset everyone was over slightly under inflated balls.
    There are some parts of this country that actually do care about soccer. Come visit Portland, we've sold out every single MLS game since the team joined the MLS. There are something like 8000+ people on the wait list for season tickets. Seattle will get 60k people to some of their soccer games. It's been known for years that FIFA is corrupt and also quite a bit sexist, too.

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