U.S. Attorney General Says We Can Expect More FIFA Arrests in the Near Future
The joint investigation of corrupt FIFA executives being carried out by authorities in the United States and Switzerland started off relatively small. At first, all they were looking at were allegations of corruption in the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments.
However, given all the evidence that has been collected since the story first broke back in May, the investigation has snowballed. Now authorities aren’t just looking into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup selection process. They’re looking at everything. And according to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, there’s a very good chance that we’ll see more FIFA arrests and indictments very soon.
Here are Lynch’s remarks from a joint press conference with Swiss authorities in Zurich on Monday:
Separate and apart from the pending indictment, our investigation remains active and it is ongoing. And it in fact has expanded since May. As I made clear at our initial announcement, the scope of our investigation is not limited, and we are following the evidence where it leads. I am grateful for the significant cooperation and substantial evidence that we have received from all quarters. Based upon that cooperation and new evidence, we do anticipate pursuing additional charges against individuals and entities.
So does this mean we could see evil soccer villain Sepp Blatter led away from his evil soccer villain lair in handcuffs sometime soon? It might.
According to The Guardian, one of the new focuses of the investigation is the sale of TV rights for the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. Documents obtained by a Swiss news station apparently show that FIFA sold the Caribbean broadcast rights to the Caribbean Football Union, which was controlled by the already-indicted Jack Warner. These rights were then sub-licensed to the Warner-controlled J&D International, which in turn sold the rights to a Jamaican TV station for a reported $18-$20 million.
And all these documents? They have Sepp Blatter’s signature on them.
That’s very bad news for Blatter, but very good news for soccer fans around the globe who want to see the man behind bars.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]