Over the past several weeks, FIFA executives have been under investigation as well as arrested in the Baur au Lac Hotel on the shores of Lake Zurich. The arrests come after extensive investigations into FIFA executives for bribery and extortion. Executives are believed to have accepted bribes as well as made illegal personal purchases in the form of vacations, cars, and expensive dinners and hotels.
The president of FIFA at the time, Sepp Blatter, has been accused of spending over $28 million between him and his fellow FIFA executives. Although, they have denied the allegations, proof shows the committee was unfairly spending money and treating elections. Throughout the scandal, the executives including Blatter apparently accepted bribes from Vladimir Putin to give Russia a chance to hold the World Cup in exchange for a Pablo Picasso painting.
The Guardian explains what could potentially happen to the arrested executives and how long the proceedings could take: “Criminal proceedings are likely to drag on for years. A new, independent body must take responsibility for definitively deciding whether there should be a re-vote on the 2018 and 2022 tournaments and clearing out the dead wood without fear or favour.”
What upsets the football community the most is how the money was supposed to be spent. Rather than properly spending the funds towards developing the next generation of footballers, he spent the majority of the money on private jets, deeming htem as bonuses awarded to officials. FIFA will need to get its act together soon if it wants to repair the trust it once had from the football community.
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