Wednesday saw one of the biggest-ever raids on FIFA, with six top officials arrested and 14 more charged in an investigation that has spanned over three years. ANTOINETTE MULLER breaks down six of the key points we know thus far.
Wednesday was quite an extraordinary day in the world of sport. At the crack of dawn, six of FIFA’s officials were arrested at a hotel in Zurich, in a joint operation between Swiss authorities and the Federal Bureau for Investigation. An investigation spanning three years, probing three decades of corruption, resulted in a 47-page charge sheet which saw 14 FIFA officials and non-executives charged. The full indictment is 164 pages long.
It was quite a day, and the consequences could be far more widespread than that. This is only the tip of the iceberg, so breaking it down into what we know for sure is a good start.
FIFA essentially reported themselves
Most of this came about through FIFA handing over Michael Garcia’s report into allegedly corrupt bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. FIFA must feel confident enough that there can be no evidence of dubious voting if they handed over the report so easily. But part of…
Source : Daily Maverick