Seriously, this is so great. Hopefully this is the beginning of the end of the most corrupt organization in modern sport. Also, this is what you get when you award the World Cup to Qatar instead of the U.S.
Plus, the pictures on TV of uniformed FBI agent hauling FIFA officials out of FIFA's hollowed-out volcano lair is probably going to do more to improve the world's opinion of the U.S. than anything Obama or Congress ever could.
I agree, the US authorities would love to get Blatter and the men indicted today would be happy to turn on him but it is going to be difficult to get something that will stick to the head guy.
Most likely, Blatter did not take any direct bribes. It's been said that he doesn't care about the money (easy to say when his worth is over $10 million + perks) as much as he likes the power. He has won the support of many of the voting FIFA member nations because he has given them money to "improve the game." So the head of the member nation takes the money, buys a bunch of land (from companies they own) and uses the rest of the money for "administrative fees." Blatter knows what they did is wrong but he didn't do it - he only made a charitable contribution to the country - and he doesn't take a kickback, only support in the next election cycle.
Immoral? Absolutely. Bad for the game? Perhaps. Illegal? May be tough to prove. Hopefully the Swiss investigations will find something to trip him up.
Edited to add: not only will it be difficult to find something that can be directly pinned to Blatter (he seems smart enough to expect some people to try to turn against him, eventually), whatever is found will have to have some jurisdictional relevance. Those indicted so far are accused by the US of using American systems (banks, computers) in commission of their crimes. Without that connection, the FBI would be powerless. I also completely expect FIFA/Blatter to point out that those indicted are all from the western hemisphere (mostly CONCACAF) and that this isn't a reflection of the organization as a whole (even though anyone who is paying attention knows that it is).
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