FIFA President Sepp Blatter met with leaders of FIFA’s regions as world soccer is rocked by a federal racketeering case.
Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the U.S. of meddling in FIFA’s affairs and hinted that it was part of an attempt to take away the World Cup from his country.
What does the FIFA case mean to the casual American soccer fan?
Nine officials from world soccer’s governing body were among 14 people indicted Wednesday in the United States on charges of involvement in a “24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
FIFA, the governing body for the World Cups and much of what goes on in the soccer world, has had multiple officials arrested on charges of alleged money laundering, corruption, bribery, and more.
Wizards teammates Nene, Kevin Seraphin and Otto Porter kicked back in the Verizon Center Thursday to play a round of FIFA on the Jumbotron.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday and seeks class action status on behalf of current and former soccer players who competed for teams governed by FIFA and several U.S.-based soccer organizations.
The next World Cup is already mired in controversy.
To many-a-fan’s dismay, some players were noticeably ‘out of it’ and even collapsed after sustaining a head injury during play. While getting injured is something that can happen in any sport, certain protocols need to be followed to ensure player safety.
These World Cup fans have a leg-up on us all when it comes to showing their patriotism and we all need to take cues from their American ways. Here are 17 World Cup fans that are more prepared for the 4th of July than you: