Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other US officials on Wednesday accused FIFA executives arrested earlier in Switzerland of corrupting global football, pledging to fully investigate and prosecute those responsible for crimes.Loretta is shocked, shocked to find money and politics in international sporting events;
"They corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves," Lynch told a press conference in New York, flanked by top FBI and IRS officials.She said, with unintended irony.
She said bribery and corruption had been damaging football for the past two decades as FIFA officials solicited bribes from sports marketing firms and others surrounding its marquee events.Say, what about the NCAA's billions earned on the backs of unpaid teenagers?
Speaking at the press conference after Lynch, Kelly Currie, acting US attorney for the eastern district of New York, said Wednesday's actions marked the beginning rather than the end of the probe.
"It was a World Cup of Fraud. Today we are showing them the red card," said Richard Weber, chief of the US tax agency's criminal investigation division.None of whom were calling attention to themselves in order to further their careers, it goes without saying.