Someone explain why is FIFA corruption the US Government's business?
Especially in a time of limited resources and far more serious issues in my country of origin/citizenship, the USA. We don't even play the "right kind" of "football" in the USA - not seriously, not beyond the middle-school level with any degree of the US public following it. (I do know that the NASL exists, that university teams exist - but they're essentially irrelevant in the mindstream of the typical "American")
Yes, FIFA is corrupt, FIFA stinks like an old fish, awards of the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar might be suspicious. But why is it the USA that ordered Federal Police (for non-USA folks, that's what the FBI is) to investigate, got the Justice Department (our "Ministry of Justice") to issue worldwide arrest warrants? And push foreign countries, including friendly but "neutral" (?)
Switzerland to arrest the alleged perpetrators?Is this really what my US tax dollars should be doing?
What, with massive racial and economic inequity, horribly over-militarized police violating citizens' rights, rampant violent crime, and unpunished white-collar crime including unpunished top banks who crashed the world economy, the Justice Department and FBI should focus upon?
It also stinks of neo-colonialism. I chose this USA Today
article as the one to share as the main link, because it briefly profiles each of the indicted alleged conspirators. Most are from Latin America/South America. This smells like the USA throwing its weight around again
in the region in which I've chosen to live, including in my country of choice, Uruguay. I don't know much about Eugenio Figueredo beyond what the article says: "Former president of CONMEBOL (South America), FIFA vice president and Uruguay federation president."
But what the heck business is it of the USA to be indicting him? Refer the evidence to Uruguay.
Yes, I know. "Team USA World Police"
. US Dollar as the global "reserve currency" and "settlement currency" for international transactions (both of those uses starting to diminish with new baskets of no-USD$ currencies and with trading banks from South American and Asian nations that don't go through the USA nor use its USD.) With the history of the, despised-here and probably should be despised at "home", Monroe Doctrine
, and the should-be-despised by everyone, Operation Condor
and other historical incursions of the USA into countries that should not be its business, at horrible human cost, this seems like more of the same.
No, not to the level of the horrors inflicted by the political/military coups and torture-training the USA did. But the same sort of US government mindset, the same arrogance of, "It's our backyard".
As a US Citizen who is a legal immigrant to Uruguay, I resent one of my countries poking around like this in the true "backyard"· of my other. I also, as a US taxpayer (yes, I am, living abroad doesn't relieve that and my income is US-based), resent the idiotic prioritization of limited crime-fighting and prosecutorial resources in my home country, being wasted on professional sports.
If the USA government really wants to waste money on investigating, indicting, prosecuting corrupt professional sports, and has a thing about football, how about starting with American Football and the totally corrupt NCAA, which despite the "C" for "College", is de facto
"professional". Leave what the USA dumbly calls "soccer" to other countries to police - countries that actually know the correct name
for the game of football/fútbol/calcio
, and which actually play it and follow it avidly.
Of course, this
could be the real reason - the Corporatocracy lost the corrupt payday they'd get if the US had gotten the 2022 Cup:" [T]he final vote that came down to Qatar and the U.S., which had named 18 potential host cities. The U.S. lost. Not long after the vote, allegations surfaced that some FIFA members had been bribed to vote for Qatar. FIFA later launched an internal investigation into the allegations, with Qatar cleared of any major violations."
That bit's from an ABC News
post: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/fifa-officials-arrested-federal-corruption-investigation/story?id=31326400#FIFA #USAWorldPolice #shareall