Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - — Austin Knoblauch and Barry Stavro

FIFA’s de­ci­sion in 2010 to award World Cups to Rus­sia and Qatar raised eye­brows. In­ves­ti­ga­tion of cor­rup­tion be­gan, then came last week’s in­dict­ments.

A run­down of some of the no­table events that led to Tues­day’s an­nounce­ment that FIFA Pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter will re­sign:

DEC. 2010 — FIFA, soc­cer’s gov­ern­ing body, awards Rus­sia the 2018 World Cup and Qatar the 2022 World Cup.

JUNE 2011 — For­mer FIFA ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Mo­hamed

bin Ham­mam is found guilty of bribery and banned from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball ac­tiv­ity for life by FIFA’s ethics com­mit­tee.

JULY 2012 — FIFA’s ethics com­mit­tee ap­points Michael Garcia, the for­mer U.S. at­tor­ney for the South­ern Dis­trict of New York, to head an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions.

NOV. 2014 — FIFA’s ethics com­mit­tee chair­man Hans- Joachim Eck­ert pub­lishes a sum­mary of Garcia’s re­port. Rus­sia’s and Qatar’s host­ing bids are es­sen­tially con­firmed af­ter Eck­ert finds wrong­do­ings as­so­ci­ated with bids do not jus­tify re­open­ing the bid­ding process. Garcia calls the sum­mary “er­ro­neous.”

MAY 27, 2015 — U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch an­nounces a lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion into FIFA that has un­cov­ered decades of al­leged bribery to­tal­ing more than $150 mil­lion. Fed­eral rack­e­teer­ing charges are un­veiled against 14 peo­ple, in­clud­ing nine cur­rent and for­mer FIFA ex­ec­u­tives; seven are ar­rested near the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s head­quar­ters in Zurich, Switzer­land. Of­fi­cials are charged with buy­ing and sell­ing votes to de­liver the 2010 World Cup to South Africa and so­lic­it­ing kick­backs from sports mar­keters. — Swiss au­thor­i­ties seize doc­u­ments from FIFA of­fices as part of a sep­a­rate crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. FIFA Pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter, who is not named in ei­ther legal case, says: “Such mis­con­duct has no place in foot­ball and we will en­sure that those who en­gage in it are put out of the game.”

MAY 28 — A FIFA elec­tion in which Blat­ter, 79, is pit­ted against the can­di­date Prince Ali bin al Hus­sein of Jor­dan for the pres­i­dency will go ahead as planned. “I can’t mon­i­tor ev­ery­one all of the time. If peo­ple want to do wrong, they will also try to hide it,” Blat­ter says. — Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David

Cameron calls on Blat­ter to step down. Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir

Putin de­scribes the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions as “yet an­other ev­i­dent at­tempt to de­rail Mr. Blat­ter’s re­elec­tion” and says the U.S.-led ar­rests had an ul­te­rior mo­tive — to throw into ques­tion Rus­sia’s 2018 World Cup. — South African Sports Min­is­ter Fi

kile Mbalula ve­he­mently de­nies al­le­ga­tions his gov­ern­ment may have won the right to host the World Cup by pay­ing at least $10 mil­lion in bribes. Mbalula ac­cuses the U.S. of reach­ing “be­yond its bor­ders.”

MAY 29 — Blat­ter is elected to a fifth four-year term as FIFA pres­i­dent. “I take the re­spon­si­bil­ity to bring back FIFA,” Blat­ter says. Blat­ter out­polls Ali, 133-73, in the first round of vot­ing. Ali with­draws from a man­dated sec­ond round in which he was nearly cer­tain to lose.

MAY 31 — Blat­ter sug­gests why the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions were launched. “The Amer­i­cans were the can­di­dates for the World Cup of 2022 and they lost,” Blat­ter says. “The English were the can­di­dates for 2018 and they lost, so it was re­ally with the English me­dia and the Amer­i­can move­ment that came down.”

JUNE 1 — FIFA an­nounces that its sec­re­tary gen­eral, Jerome Val­cke — Blat­ter’s top lieu­tenant — won’t at­tend the women’s World Cup in Canada. A few hours later, the New York Times re­ports fed­eral au­thor­i­ties be­lieve Val­cke was be­hind the $10 mil­lion in bank trans­ac­tions that are at the cen­ter of FIFA’s cor­rup­tion scan­dal.

JUNE 2 — Four days af­ter his re­elec­tion, Blat­ter an­nounces he will re­sign and calls for new elec­tions to choose his suc­ces­sor. “This man­date does not seem to be sup­ported by every­body in the world of foot­ball,” Blat­ter says at a hastily ar­ranged news con­fer­ence in Zurich. “FIFA needs a pro­found re­struc­tur­ing.”

Arno Burgi As­so­ci­ated Press

ATTY. GEN. Loretta Lynch an­nounced in­dict­ments.

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