FIFA IN TURMOIL
Amidst what many analysts have dubbed the biggest crisis facing the sporting association, several highranking FIFA officials were arrested in Zurich, just days before the elections for a new president.
It was a week of high drama at FIFA, with the unfolding of a series of events each more shocking than the last. It began with the sudden arrest of 14 FIFA officials in Zurich. They are to be extradited to the United States where they face charges by the US Department of Justice for wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering. Swiss authorities then announced that they have also opened a separate criminal investigation into FIFA's bidding process behind the awards of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Sepp Blatter confirmed he wouldn't resign and would in fact run for a fifth term in the elections that were only a few days away. At the charged and closely scrutinised FIFA Congress, Blatter was voted in after his contender Prince Ali bin Al Hussein pulled out after the first round of voting. But before completing even a week as the new president, FIFA convened a hasty press conference where Blatter announced his intention to resign after the Congress elects a new president, which wouldn't be for a few more months. This followed closely on the heels of fresh allegations that his deputy Jerome Valcke at least knew about the bribes allegedly paid by the South African Football Association. Meanwhile, news was trickling down from the US that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and US prosecutors were investigating Blatter himself, though he hasn't yet been charged with anything.