Football is one of the most loved games in the world. From local to international tournaments, football never fails to give the audience a breath-taking backlash. Up to present, the enormous appeal of football encourages athletes to pursue professional football. Thus, Federation de Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) exists. It is an association that organizes international football tournaments which includes the World Cup commenced since 1930.
Dolefully, FIFA’s prominent administration in the present time seems to be at stake. Just last May 27, seven principal FIFA officials were arrested by the Swiss authorities in Zurich because of the bribery charges brought by the United States, reported BBC News. The arrested officials are Jeffrey Webb, Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, FIFA Vice-President Eugenio Figueredo, Rafael Esquivel and José Maria Marin, as named in Yahoo News.
They above-mentioned names are among the 14 people accused of the allegation filed in the federal court in New York of the same day. The case is related to the controversial FIFA funds allocated for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Reuters revealed that according to the US Department of Justice, the bribed amount is well over 150 million US dollars for of 24 years. The New York Times, on the other hand, clarified that FIFA President Sepp Blatter is not included in those who were arrested.
The Swiss Office of the Attorney General has opened criminal proceedings against the suspected persons of mismanagement and money laundering. Furthermore, data and documents of FIFA’s system are already seized, to be used for the investigation.
With the World Cups and FIFA itself unstable, authorities and football fans are undeniably apprehensive after the unveiling of controversy. However, the FIFA spokesperson assuredly said that, “The 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be played in Russia and Qatar. One thing [arrests] has nothing to do with the other and the election will take place as planned”, reported Aljazeera. In fact, the governing body’s officials are presently in Switzerland for the Congress in preparation for the next election of FIFA officials.