The short answer,though, in the case of the UK, is that it’s been a quid pro quo for keeping the four home nations as separate votes. It wasn’t until England got screwed (as they saw it) on the 2018 bid that there was any appetite to rock the boat. There’s also the small matter of plenty of the major countries being in on the action too.
So … I kinda-sorta see how the US gets involved in all this. But what did FIFA do to piss off the Swiss? Switzerland pretty much exists to give the ultra rich a place to plan morally and legally dubious maneuvers.
Aslak Oslo, Norway 7 hours ago
On behalf of the rest of the world I can safely say that we’re absolutely delighted that you’re using your power for good. If Bush had invaded FIFA instead of Iraq he’d have a street named after him in every European capital.
They are: Issa Hayatou (president of the Confederation of African Football), Angel Maria Villar Llona (Spain), Michel D’Hooghe (Belgium), Senes Erzik (Turkey), Worawi Makudi (Thailand), Marios Lefkaritis (Cyprus), Jacques Anouma (Ivory Coast), Rafael Salguero (Guatemala), Hany Abo Rida (Egypt) and Vitaly Mutko (Russia – head of the 2018 World Cup and sports minister).
I just watched the E:60 report on Blatter and FIFA corruption recently, and they did mention an FBI investigation, but I had no idea they were this close to moving on individuals. Gives you some hope for the future of FIFA, particularly if the Swiss investigation comes to something.
I don’t like FIFA, but I don’t understand the basis for these arrests.
It’s illegal for public servants to accept bribes, but FIFA is a private organization. As far as I can tell, there’s no federal law that prohibits bribing an official in a private organization.
Some (not all) states have laws, but they seem to be premised on showing that the bribetaker is acting against the interest of the employer. That’s easy to show when the bribetaker is at the bottom of the food chain, like a maitre’d caught taking bribes by a manager. But how are they going to prove this for the very officials who get to define the corporate interests?