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The prestigious association faces its toughest challenge yet…

A once beautiful game has been tainted and defamed by officials who, in the words of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, “…were expected to uphold the rules that make soccer honest…” Words said at a conference held to formally charge FIFA officials accused of corruption and money laundering amongst other charges. The misconduct is alleged to go back as far as 2decades, as the officials have been accepting bribes and issuing media and marketing rights for FIFA games for an estimated $150million. Touching closer to home South Africa’s 2010 World Cup is being stated to have been a result of bribery. An estimated $10million is said to have been negotiated between former South African president, Thabo Mbeki and former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter. The money was allegedly deducted from South Africa’s organising budget for the World Cup; needless to say this takes away the importance of the event being held in Africa for the first time. Though Mbeki claims the payment was made in support of soccer in the Caribbean US authorities adds the incident to FIFA’s list of bribes. Hopefully FIFA can return to its former glory but for now the world looks on as the case continues to unravel.


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