When news broke this morning of 7 senior FIFA officials being arrested in Switzerland on corruption, bribery, fraud and numerous other charges my first thought was that there must be several officials who handled the 2010 World Cup in South Africa that are quietly kakking themselves. Well they if they weren’t this morning the they must be now since the FBI and the US Department of Justice now alleges that the 2010 World Cup bid was corrupt and US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, just said that Fifa executives accepted bribes to help secure the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The US department of justice said earlier that ” Other alleged schemes relate to the payment and receipt of bribes and kickbacks in connection with the sponsorship of CBF by a major U.S. sportswear company, the selection of the host country for the 2010 World Cup and the 2011 FIFA presidential election”
And this just in from US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch.
“Fifa executives accepted bribes to help secure the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said.
Ms Lynch was giving details of the US investigation into football’s governing body.
She also alleged bribery was involved in Fifa’s 2011 presidential election and the 2016 Copa America tournament, due to take place in the US.” [BBC]
‘former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner solicited $10 million in bribes from the South African government to host the 2010 World Cup.’ [itv]
Apparently SA even sucks at being corrupt. Jack Warner is said to have accepted the $10 million bribe, but after SA won the 2010 bid they didn’t pay him.
“In the run-up to the selection of the host nation for the 2010 World Cup Warner was allegedly approached by a Moroccan representative offering a $1 million (£650,000) bribe for his vote for Morocco, as well as being told the South African government would pay $10 million (£6.5 million) to the Caribbean Football Union in exchange for his vote, as well as those of Blazer and another member of the executive committee.
Warner is said to have admitted that he accepted the South African offer, but South Africa, which won the bid, was unable to produce the funds.” [Telegraph]
Haaaha. They stiffed him. Now that i think about it SA may not suck at being corrupt…they might actually be really good at it.