Well, this is the most the United States has ever talked about soccer in the history of…ever! Fans of the sport took to social media to express their joy over FIFA officials being arrested on suspicion of corruption in ‘the World Cup of fraud!’
The game of soccer has never been so scandalous! The U.S. Justice Department, FBI and IRS teamed up to confirm what most sports-enthusiasts already knew: that FIFA, the organization responsible for choosing where the World Cup is held every four years has a super shady way of picking their locations. Yep, we’re talking $150 million bribes in exchange for television and marketing contracts for tournaments. See what Twitter users had to say about the arrests of 7 individuals being charged with corruption and racketeering!
FIFA Officials Arrested: Soccer Fans Rejoice With Twitter Reactions
Whoa! Seven soccer execs were placed in handcuffs in Switzerland at a swanky hotel in Zurich, where FIFA officials had come together for their yearly meeting with an indictment, charges ranging from corruption to racketeering.
Before the U.S. government “saved the day,” Swiss authorities were also looking into the questionable FIFA decisions to give the 2018 World Cup to Russia and 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Qatar, undoubtedly, was given the award since they are an an extremely oil-rich country. “This really is the World Cup of fraud, and today we are issuing FIFA a red card,” said IRS’ criminal investigation chief Richard Weber.
One man who was able to steer clear of trouble? The president of FIFA, Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, 79. He put out a statement on the indictment saying, “Let me be clear: such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game.”
While it’s a sad day for higher-ups at FIFA (which is a Swiss acronym for the International Federation of Football), it’s a happy one for soccer lovers, who knew the game’s governing officials were taking advantage of their power. Take a look at some of their best reactions!
Quote of morning from FIFA… “We are seeking clarity.” Really? Welcome to our world! The hypocrisy of that quote is beyond belief. Dicks.
— colin murray (@ColinMurray) May 27, 2015
Hope these corrupt FIFA officials get booted out and given very large penalties. If you sighed at these puns I’d like to see you do Blatter.
— Greg James (@gregjames) May 27, 2015
The beautiful irony is that #FIFA has been trying for decades to get the Yanks interested in “soccer”. They got the FBI interested at least.
— Anshel Pfeffer (@AnshelPfeffer) May 27, 2015
No, Prince Ali of Jordan, the arrest of six #FIFA officials is not “a sad day for football.” It’s the happiest day for football in years.
— Pete Sinclair (@pete_sinclair) May 27, 2015
Comedian John Oliver, 38, was the first to call out FIFA on their incredibly corrupt ways. In 2014, he joked about them on his Last Week Tonight show, saying: “FIFA is a comically grotesque organization,” adding, “In fact, telling someone about the inner workings of FIFA for the first time is a bit like showing someone 2 Girls, 1 Cup. You do it mainly so you can watch the horrified expressions on people’s faces.”
HollywoodLifers — what do YOU think about the FIFA officials getting caught for corruption and racketeering? Let us know!
— Evan Real