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FIFA case: US investigator 'fairly confident' of another round of indictments

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 09:27 UTC
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“I'm fairly confident that we will have another round of indictments,” Weber told the NY Times on Friday. “I'm fairly confident that we will have another round of indictments,” Weber told the NY Times on Friday.
German Justice Minister Maas said “the awarding of a World Cup shouldn't depend on who pays the highest bribes” and said FIFA needed “a fresh start.” German Justice Minister Maas said “the awarding of a World Cup shouldn't depend on who pays the highest bribes” and said FIFA needed “a fresh start.”

Richard Weber, the United States Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) leader of criminal investigations, told The New York Times he was fairly confident that there would be another round of indictments, following on the 14 FIFA officials accused of racketeering and accepting $150 million in bribes to rig marketing contracts and the selection of the host country for the 2010 World Cup.

 Weber didn't identify who the IRS might be targeting, or say whether they included FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter.

“I'm fairly confident that we will have another round of indictments,” Weber told the NY Times on Friday.

Weber said the government hadn't singled out FIFA's leadership. The joint probe of the IRS with the FBI and US Justice Department had sought out wrongdoing - and just happened to find plenty of it in football: “We were going after corruption,” Weber said. “One thing led to another, led to another and another.”

On Friday, a federal court in Brooklyn heard the first plea in the case, when the Florida sports marketing executive Aaron Davidson declared himself not guilty. In Argentina, three suspects remain on the run.

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said FIFA would have to relocate the 2018 and 2022 World Cups from Russia and Qatar, respectively, if it turned out that their selection had been bought. Maas told the daily Bild that “the awarding of a World Cup shouldn't depend on who pays the highest bribes” and called Blatter the wrong person to investigate alleged graft, saying FIFA needed “a fresh start.”

President Vladimir Putin has accused US authorities of initiating the corruption probe in order to strip Russia of hosting the 2018 World Cup.

Three days of scandal and scrutiny have so far touched everyone in FIFA's upper echelons but Blatter, who won re-election as the body's president on Friday after Jordan's Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, who had run on a transparency platform, withdrew after a single round of voting. “I want to thank all those brave enough to support me, but I will be withdrawing from the race,” Ali said.

UEFA head Michel Platini congratulated Prince Ali on a valiant run to unseat Blatter - and he managed to do so without mentioning the man who has presided over FIFA since 1998. Platini had twice urged Blatter to resign after several FIFA higher-ups were arrested Wednesday, and UEFA members have criticized the president's running again after he had promised not to upon his re-election in 2011.

On Friday, Blatter said FIFA “must have a better representation of the confederations and the number of members” on its executive panel - an implicit shot at the disproportionate number of seats held by UEFA.

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  • Conqueror

    Blatter. And the difference between him on the one hand and Kirchner and Rousseff on the other is......? Three argies on the run. What a surprise....NOT? How does one pick them out from the other 40 million on the run? Putin is at least as corrupt as Kirchner and Rousseff. But he has an army! How many of the 144 million downtrodden 'citizens', that he supposedly represents, is he happy to sacrifice? Blatter is about as bent as you can get. President but he knows nothing? Just the same as Lulu. Let's have the bank accounts and asset reports out in the open. How many millions have Blatter, Lulu, Kirchner and Rousseff stolen? There's an easy way to tell. Impound all the money and assets. Wait 10 years. See if they are still alive. Without money or assets, they should die in short order.

    May 30th, 2015 - 10:48 am 0
  • ChrisR

    It is very clear that Blatter thinks he is another Lula and immune from prosecution.

    He may well be correct the way this is starting.

    Perhaps a hitman may be the answer.

    May 30th, 2015 - 08:10 pm 0
  • The_troLLimpic_games

    The most corrupt government on Earth bar none investigating the 2nd most corrupt organization in the world (the first being the USA-dominated IOC).

    About as serious as a revolution of 2-year olds who in 15 minutes will beg for a diaper change.

    May 31st, 2015 - 12:56 am 0
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