The USA accused more than ten members of "widespread corruption over the last two decades"
This Wednesday, Swiss police arrested several FIFA officials to extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges, as reported by 'The New York Times'. The arrest occurred in the context of an annual meeting between leaders of many of the soccer organization's leaders at Baur aur Lac hotel, Switzerland, with more than a dozen plain-clothed Swiss law enforcement officials conducting the operation.
The USA accused more than ten leaders of "widespread corruption during the last two decades," on issues related to the allocation of their World Cup television or exploitation rights. "The executive committee of FIFA has much power and largely conducts its business in secret way," says the prestigious American newspaper, which speaks of fraud, criminal association and money laundering.
Among the names published by the newspaper, we find Eugenio Figueredo, former presidents of CONMEBOL —South American Soccer Confederation,— and Jack Warner, former president of CONCACAF —Confederation of Soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean,— among others. The transaction does not affect the current FIFA President, Joseph Blatter, who faces an election this Friday; if he wins, it would be his fifth consecutive term.
Walter de Gregorio, FIFA Communication Director, appeared at a press conference hours after this information to ensure that, despite the investigations, the election scheduled for this Friday will be kept. FIFA supports the investigation, and insists that in any case this situation would not affect 2018 Russia's and 2022 Qatar World Cups.