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Friday, June 05, 2015

FIFA, BLATTER AND CORRUPTION



It was two days to the friday evening FIFA presidential election between President Sepp Blatter and Prince Ali of Jordan when the American FBI and IRS-CI cast loose on some classified investigation later arraigned and indicted some 7 top FIFA officials in connection with fraud, racketeering and money laundering. This was mainly due to a former FIFA official Chuck Blazer who admitted that he and the others accepted bribes before the votes that won the election and hence granted the rights for France and South Africa to host the 1998 and 2012 World Cup respectively. Huge sum of money amounting already to about $150 million even as matters keep unfurling with each passing day.

The FIFA empire is presently an unstable and volatile environment where the next point of action is vehemently in the dark. Some section of FIFA were even heard to be clamouring for the resignation of the President right after the incident became famous. These shortcomings and more incidents to unfurl with time and during the course of further investigation, more secrets, mysteries and untold stories are bound to be deciphered and unraveled this might ultimately bring greater disrepute and disunity to Football; the most popular sport in the world. Such level of corruption, nepotism and influence peddling have caused catchy headlines and merited higher twitter-trends and have risen to the summit of football discussions and even supercedes the upcoming and highly anticipated UCL final. 

The highlight of the whole saga brewing up was the hastily arranged press conference by the FIFA president Sepp Blatter as announce that he will be stepping down as FIFA president and he will be handing over mandate as soon as another election is concluded. The level of distrust, distaste and the proportion of dirty ink that keeps staining each FIFA official with each passing day has re-enforce a dauntless believe across the soccer loving minds that the president equally has a hand in the whole corruption scandal, despite his insistence that he did not have a hand in the whole misconduct. 

Politically and issues based, it is basically a paradigm of the on going feud and crises between American and Russia that has been transposed into the soccer world. You are most certainly on track for predicting America will neither be glad less elated with Russia winning the hosting rights for the 2018 Mundial. Evidently too, you do be spending your money right if you bet on America coming up with an investigation against the hosting mandate for Russia winning the grant. Spiteful, you might say, but America will always put peace and loyalty ahead of anything. 

The story definitely does not end there more unravelings and highly classified information are still to be released by the FBI as the investigation can still lead to any point or direction. Like the €5 million said to be paid to the Ireland Football Association by FIFA not to protest the Thierry Henry handball scandal. America really have got a hold and grip of everything in the world. Football and politics together used to be a taboo, making it sound more awkward and clumsy than hysterical because Nigeria as a country faced many sanctions due to the conflicting interference of politics and football. Furthermore, different websites have a thing or two to share from Russian politics, America and the FBI

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