FIFA Under Investigation: Why the US Is Investigating Soccer's World Governing Body

The U.S. Department of Justice has accused them of alleged corruption.

— -- Soccer, the world's most popular sport, may not be the biggest game in America, but the U.S. Department of Justice wants to "send a message that enough is enough" when it comes to corruption in the game's international governing body, authorities said.

U.S. law gives the Justice Department a lot of leeway when it comes to bringing cases against foreign citizens, something prosecutors have frequently used in international terrorism cases.

A search warrant is being executed at CONCACAF headquarters in Miami this morning, the Justice Department said.

Lynch expressed her gratitude to the Swiss government for their assistance in the probe, including arresting in Zurich this morning seven of the defendants, like Webb, at the request of the U.S.

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said in a statement, "According to the U.S. request, these crimes were agreed and prepared in the U.S., and payments were carried out via U.S. banks."

In a statement posted on FIFA's website, the organization said it “welcomes actions that can help contribute to rooting out any wrongdoing in football.”

“We are pleased to see that the investigation is being energetically pursued for the good of football and believe that it will help reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken,” FIFA said.

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