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FIFA, you’re a mess (and a Clinton Foundation donor?!)

FIFA, you’re a mess (and a Clinton Foundation donor?!)

Fédération Internationale de … corruption?

For what may be the first time ever, the United States has expressed a wholehearted and enthusiastic interest in Soccer.

…too bad that interest manifested in the form of an investigation, accusations, and mass arrests. C’est la vie.

Today at dawn, seven of FIFA’s (the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or the governing body of worldwide soccer) most powerful executive were dragged out of their Zurich hotel rooms and arrested under suspicion of corruption. If the results of a long-term investigation by the FBI pan out, they could be facing up to 20 years in prison.

The Daily Beast explains:

The U.S. authorities probed what officials described as a 24-year scheme by senior executives to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer. Indictments on 47 counts against 14 people, including racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering, were unsealed in federal court. The indictment details a $10 million payment to induce one executive to vote for the 2010 World Cup to be hosted in South Africa. There are also allegations that bribes were paid to help Sepp Blatter secure the FIFA presidency in 2011.

“The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday in Brooklyn. “Today’s action makes clear that this Department of Justice intends to end any such corrupt practices, to root out misconduct, and to bring wrongdoers to justice—and we look forward to continuing to work with other countries in this effort.”

So much for the love of the game, right?

The U.S. will ask Switzerland to extradite the men; Switzerland, however, has jumped into the investigation itself by seizing Swiss bank accounts and documents that could show officials were unjustly enriched following the scandalous decision to award World Cup hosting privileges to Russia and Qatar. Both countries have terrible human rights records, and officials expect that during the investigation member nations will call on FIFA to reopen discussions about more appropriate venues.

So, we have a mess on our hands, of the international variety—but it gets even better!

Guess which international organization with a rotten reputation regarding ethics, human rights, and overall honesty is also a Clinton Foundation donor!?

The Clinton Foundation has received between $50,000 and $100,000 from FIFA, and has also partnered with the organization on several occasions—but wait, there’s more!

Involvement with the embattled body extends beyond the foundation to Bill Clinton himself. The former president was an honorary chairman of the bid committee put together to promote the United States as a possible host nation for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.

When the U.S. lost the 2022 bid to Qatar, Clinton was rumored to be so upset he shattered a mirror.

But apparently Qatar tried to make it up to him.

The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, partnering with the State of Qatar, “committed to utilizing its research and development for sustainable infrastructure at the 2022 FIFA World Cup to improve food security in Qatar, the Middle East, and other arid and water-stressed regions throughout the world,” according to the Clinton Foundation website.

The cost of the two-year project is not listed on the Clinton Foundation website, but the Qatar 2022 committee gave the foundation between $250,000 and $500,000 in 2014 and the State of Qatar gave between $1 million and $5 million in previous, unspecified years.

It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?


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it’s soccer… who cares?

at least the DOJ is harassing foreigners over a sport for children, instead of American citizens exercising their rights here in the US.

The ban of soccer in the United States would suit me just fine

Is it possible that letting the US bring to trail foreigners is really a scheme to allow the UN to start enforcing International Law here in the US? Just asking!

Soccer is a nefarious plot to sap our manhood, our individuality, our competitiveness, and our vital bodily fluids.

It’s about as exciting as watching paint dry – unless you’re in the standing area where guys urinate in place. And the paint scores more often.

Henry Hawkins | May 27, 2015 at 4:23 pm

If soccer were banned in America I wouldn’t notice.

this Department of Justice intends to end any such corrupt practices, to root out misconduct, and to bring wrongdoers to justice



It’s just a joke, right?

Helicopter moms and minivan sales hardest hit.

No different than the Olympic Committee. Imagine the stench of corruption if the games had been held in Chicago.

Looks like the weekend mugshots from Chicago.

Soccer is the only sport where one’s head is used to hit a ball. Considering most UN member nations’ populations have played soccer since their youth, this could account for the lunacy of most members of the UN.

However, this does not account for the lunacy of US ambassador Samantha Power. (Maybe she played too much dodge-ball in her youth, and blocked with her head.)

Uncle Samuel | May 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm

Clintons were also hit with racketeering lawsuit:

“Arrested? Me? Why, . . . I paid protection money to the Clinton Foundation!”

The Clinton Crime Syndicate has their grubby little hands in everything! But no “evidence” of wrong-doing!” My Ass!

And AG Loretta Lynch has the unmitigated gall to deal with a European problem despite all the domestic issues that should take priority on her plate? What a crock!

Can someone explain how a United States District Court in Brooklyn has jurisdiction over acts largely committed by foreign nationals abroad?

Why does United States law apply to these acts?

    The Swiss say they’re acts largely committed in the US, that’s why the US indicted and that’s why they’ll be extradited to the US.

      sequester in reply to JBourque. | May 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you. Our extradition treaty with Switzerland gives the Swiss numerous grounds to decline extradition.

      Given the willingness, of the often recalcitrant Swiss authorities to extradite, there is a back story to this scandal that has not been made public. Perhaps Putin’s concern that it is a challenge to the World Cup being held in Russia is not wholly unfounded.

JBourque is correct: If a crime is committed on US soil, the US has jurisdiction. Thing is, FIFA is crooked all over the world and pretty much any country with a soccer program with ties to FIFA can probably find some way to file charges.

Henry Hawkins | May 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm

I always thought FIFA looked silly as an acronym.