Articles matching tag: FIFA
- Column: FIFA ScandalJune 8, 2015
The United States is one of the most backward countries in the world when it comes to playing, understanding and supporting the game of soccer, dubbed by the Portuguese as “The Beautiful Game.” But we sure know how to make an impact on the sport. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted nine officials of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), soccer’s world governing body, along with five corporate executives on corruption charges. The 166-page, 47-count indictment alleges that over a 24-year period the defendants engaged in the crimes of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. The charges detail $150 million in bribes and kickbacks that were used to rig the selection of international soccer tournaments and the award of media and broadcasting contracts.