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mmee
Culver City, CA
Post #121
Wednesday May 27, 2015 5:28am

Joined Mar 2014
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Dang!

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #122
Wednesday May 27, 2015 6:03am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,652
FIFA just got the American justice hammer. Oh you bet your ass that there will be more whistle blowers and turncoats coming fwd now.

This is going to be a massive blow to FIFA when it's all said and done with.

But this could have a very negative effect on International soccer as well.

Could be probable that the big FA's including US soccer Federation start their own international tournament if FIFA gets disbanded.

stone88
Post #123
Wednesday May 27, 2015 11:17am

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 1,532
DOJ aint fuckin around! :0

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/nine-fifa-offic...

MSantoine
Post #124
Wednesday May 27, 2015 11:33am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,723
You have to wonder if Prince Ali had anything to do with this. He by far has the most to gain. With the votes for president in 3 days the timing is very suspicious. Now he can come in, pledge sweeping reform to "fix" FIFA and boom, they force Sepp out. They need the change and Im glad but if he is behind it as a power play thats pretty weak.

Mojofc
Post #125
Wednesday May 27, 2015 12:34pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 966
Blatter needs out period, we all know he's corrupt so if Ali is using at as means to hopefully help his hand... Good for him and good for soccer world wide. That's assuming he's not worse than Blatter.
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skangles
DC
Post #126
Wednesday May 27, 2015 12:40pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,449
I for one am looking forward to John Oliver's rant about the arrests.

navi8132
New York
Post #127
Wednesday May 27, 2015 12:45pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 3,122
Unless someone can take down BLATTER himself, this all means very little at the end of the day when it comes to corruption in FIFA decisions.

skangles
DC
Post #128
Wednesday May 27, 2015 1:05pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,449
With all 54 African federations rumored to be behind Blatter can we safely assume that an African country or countries will be the favorites to host the 2026 WC if Blatter is re-elected?

skangles
DC
Post #129
Wednesday May 27, 2015 1:10pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,449
Swiss authorities have launched their own parallel criminal proceedings.

http://www.sbisoccer.com/2015/05/switzerland-...

MSantoine
Post #130
Wednesday May 27, 2015 1:15pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Is anyone concerned that of the arrests made they were pretty much all CONCACAF executives. That looks poorly for our federation. Im sure there are some jurisdictional hurdles and extradiction laws but it still looks bad on paper.

Also of note is that there is precendent where FIFA could suspend USA from activities pending the investigation findings as they have strict rules on government interfering in FIFA. It would be extreme but boy would that cause shockwaves.

db707
Post #131
Wednesday May 27, 2015 1:45pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,128
FIFA suspends countries when the country's government interferes with the management of the country's soccer authority. This is a different ballgame. We've known Concacaf is a ridiculous cesspool of corruption. And we're not innocent in this either, we've been party to it, this shouldn't be viewed as a US good, Russia and Qatar (and corrupt FIFA officials) bad thing. Look at Chuck Blazer as one example. Everyone's responsible ultimately, including us as fans for feeding in. What the major corporate partners do now will be interesting to see. Nike was vaguely referenced in the Justice Department memo as being complicit, they should be on watch. Coca-Cola, McDonald's, etc., what if anything will they do. FIFA needs to be scrapped, the name is poison and international soccer should be totally reorganized. I hope that happens but am not holding my breath for a complete overhaul.

hamsamwich
Post #132
Wednesday May 27, 2015 1:53pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,630
Just as many were CONMEBOL msantoine-- longtime regional soccer fans are not surprised at all that Warner and Webb were a big part in this thing.

As for Blatter some of you give him too much credit. These regional people are the real corrupt ones at the local levels. Blatter is just the circus master, but it's not always him doing grimy stuff in the tent when no one is looking, there are plenty of others with the jurisdiction to be Lord of their regional Manors.

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #133
Wednesday May 27, 2015 2:05pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,467
Original post from skangles

I for one am looking forward to John Oliver's rant about the arrests.


Lmao, first thing I thought of when I heard this on the Today show getting ready for work...

With the Swiss now also conducting an investigation and the two biggest sponsors voicing concerns, the chances are as good as ever that Qatar could be stripped.

USAGunner
West Palm Beach
Post #134
Wednesday May 27, 2015 2:25pm

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 1,322
Please strip it from Qatar. Don't care if we get it or not (althought it would be nice). Just don't want a Winter World Cup.
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db707
Post #135
Wednesday May 27, 2015 2:35pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,128
If you're hosting matches you should already have the infrastructure you need in place to do it as part of your bid and be able to do it in a defined window. Hopefully at least that small change comes from this. No, we'll build it later (at substantial financial and human cost) and then ship it to Africa nonsense, or we'll host it in winter and you have to move everything else around. My hope long-term is that we move away from only one country hosting the World Cup anyway. Would allow more countries to host matches, and imagine a day like the 24 hours of college basketball ESPN does at the beginning of the season, but for World Cup soccer.

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