You're going to be hearing a lot in the coming days about the World Cup vote-rigging allegations rocking FIFA, soccer's international governing body, to its core. Since it seems like FIFA is always being rocked to its core by allegations of some sort, and because the latest controversy is particularly detailed, we've assembled a FAQ guide for those Atlantic Wire readers who aren't fully up-to-speed on the beautiful game's brutal internal politics.
So, what's this one about? Drugs? Terrible officiating? General institutional corruption?
General institutional corruption.
[Scoffs] The NFL's mired in a lockout nobody wants to solve and the NBA's headed down the same path. Don't talk me about general institutional corruption.
This is so much worse, though. Two FIFA vice presidents, Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar and Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago, were suspended Saturday by FIFA's ethics committee following accusation they conspired to buy votes for bin Hammam in Wednesday's upcoming election for the FIFA presidency.
Are they going away quietly?
No. Warner (right) has already promised a "tsunami" of revelations detailing the corruption FIFA organizing secretary Jerome Valcke and current president Sepp Blatter, who is now running unopposed Wednesday for reelection. Warner has already accused Blatter of giving the Caribbean delegation $1 million to spend "as it [saw] fit" to guarantee his reelection and has leaked an email from Jerome Valcke, the organization's general secretary, in which he express bewilderment with bin Hammam and asks if he "[thinks] you can buy FIFA as they [Qatar] bought the W.C."