Johnny Law, aka the United States Justice Department, F.B.I. and I.R.S. gave some folks a 6 AM wakeup call in a Zurich hotel this morning, as 14 people, including nine officials with FIFA are being indicted on charges including racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy.
Not all 14 of these folks were in Zurich for the FIFA meetings which will include the presidential election on Friday, which could be postponed now.
The majority of the folks that are being rounded up come from the Americas, North, Central and South.
For years FIFA has ruled the worlds beautiful game its way. Sepp Blatter, the longtime president since 1998 is seeking his fifth term and has always innocently claimed he is just the head of a non-profit organization, which is why FIFA pays no taxes at its Swiss headquarters.
For the three year period ending in 2014, FIFA managed to drum up 5.7 billion dollars in revenue.
By the way, Blatter was not indicted.
For years whispers of skullduggery have surrounded the sometimes surprising selections of countries like South Africa, Russia and Qatar as the hosts of the World Cup.
Other countries have looked the other way when briefcases of cash and bogus marketing companies have been started up. The Americans say they tend to think of bribery as being illegal.
I’m not sure if we will get truth and justice the American way. Kudos for trying. This could take awhile.