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The World Applauds Attorney General Lorretta Lynch as She Takes on FIFA Cartel

May 28, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
The World Applauds Attorney General Lorretta Lynch as She Takes on FIFA Cartel

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has earned worldwide plaudits Wednesday for prosecuting decades of absolute corruption committed by FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.

Lynch explained at a press conference in Brooklyn the case she had overseen for years as US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. The 47-count indictment finally exposes what many in the sporting world have long claimed FIFA of being a corrupt crime syndicate.

With news of envelopes packed with wads of cash and multimillion-dollar illicit wire transfers, the indictment certainly outlines the “endemic” corruption of FIFA — complete with racketeering charges.

Lynch alleged FIFA corruption “that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States.”

The case has already brought the arrest of 14 FIFA officials and corporate executives in Miami and at a five-star hotel in Zurich.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is safe — so far. But acting US Attorney Kelly Currie was clear: “This is the beginning,” a clear hint of more charges to follow.

It all started after the FBI busted American FIFA member “Chuck” Blazer of Queens on tax evasion and other charges. He flipped in 2011; with three others, he’s already pleaded guilty in the FIFA case.

Still unclear is what former US Attorney for the Southern District Michael Garcia may have handed over. FIFA hired him to do an independent probe of bribery allegations, then suppressed his 350-page report last year. He protested — saying he’d identified bribes going back decades — and may have seen a duty to share his dirt with US prosecutors.

FIFA’s corruption isn’t just a stain on the glorious game. A Guardian investigation showed the human cost: Some 1,000 migrant workers died in 2012 and 2013 building World Cup infrastructure in the oppressive heat of Qatar — which won the contest to host the 2022 World Cup in what’s widely thought was a battle of the bribes.

A multibillion-dollar global industry, soccer is now getting big in America. It’s good to know US law enforcement is on the job, cleaning up the game’s business side.

Keep those red cards coming, Loretta.

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