In the wake of raids and arrests in Switzerland relating to corruption within the FIFA ranks, per the New York Times (via ESPN FC), U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and U.S. Attorney Kelly Currie discussed the investigation during a press conference Wednesday.
According to ESPN FC, seven FIFA officials were arrested and 14 were indicted for their alleged role in a long-running bribery scandal. Per First Coast News, Lynch does not believe those involved did their jobs in terms of protecting the integrity of soccer:
Per the BBC's Jon Sopel, Lynch revealed the officials in question made decisions meant only to pad their bank accounts:
Prior to Wednesday's briefing, charts were posted showing the manner in which FIFA's alleged bribery took place, per Nick Bryant of BBC New York:
Lynch additionally made it clear that the United States took the lead in ending the alleged corruption since the officials are accused of skirting the U.S. financial system, per Ben Rumsby of the Daily Telegraph:
The attorney general ran down several of the accusations against the FIFA officials, including voter fraud regarding the 2010 World Cup and the 2011 FIFA presidential race, according to Owen Gibson of the Guardian:
Lynch also made mention of some specific bribes that are alleged to have occurred, including one involving the Copa America Centenario coming up in 2016, per ESPN's Taylor Twellman:
According to Cindy Poluta of EWN Sport, Currie made mention of the fact that the corruption investigation does not involve the 2014 World Cup in Brazil:
The investigation has also taken aim at corruption within sports marketing, as FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb is accused of taking part in bribery within that realm:
Comey took to the podium as well and had some extremely harsh words for those who are alleged to have taken part in FIFA's corruption.
According to ABC's Jon Williams, Comey believes the game of soccer was plagued by unfairness:
Per Karolos Grohmann of Reuters, Comey made it clear that the United States justice system would not allow the corruption to continue:
There has been no indication that FIFA President Sepp Blatter is in danger of being arrested or indicted, although no specifics were provided regarding his status:
In the eyes of Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph, however, Blatter deserves some blame for the alleged scandal that occurred right in front of his face:
FIFA and many of its top officials are receiving their comeuppance for their alleged misdeeds, but Currie revealed there is more to come, per ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle:
ESPN soccer announcer Ian Darke is among those who support the decision to attack corruption within the sport:
Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com shared the full statement from the Department of Justice following the press conference.
Corruption within soccer's governing body has long been suspected by those on the outside looking in, and based on Wednesday's press conference, there is no doubt that many of the heavy hitters within the American justice system believe there is enough evidence to prove it.
With so many high-profile people involved in this situation, one can only assume a lengthy process is ahead in terms of determining their guilt or innocence.
Lynch, Comey and Currie all made it abundantly clear Wednesday they intend to do everything in their power to ensure those who allegedly partook in FIFA's corruption will pay the price.
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