Amy Goodman

FIFA's Upheaval, from Corruption Arrests to Rising Death Toll in Qatar

2015-05-29T02:34:09-07:00

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In what's been described as the largest scandal in modern sports history, nine high-ranking soccer officials, including two current vice presidents of soccer's world governing body, FIFA, were indicted along with five sports marketing executives on federal corruption charges by the U.S. Justice Department.

Among those arrested in connection with the probe is Jack Warner, former vice president of FIFA, who is accused of taking a $10 million bribe to cast his ballot for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup. Despite the arrests, FIFA is holding an election today to pick the next president of the organization. FIFA President Sepp Blatter is seeking re-election for the post he has held since 1998. Many commentators have predicted he will be re-elected, though some nations, including the United States, have vowed to vote against him.

"Democracy Now!" is joined by sportswriter Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff, former professional soccer player who represented the U.S. Olympic soccer team.



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