People in a position of great power often seem to feel that they are above the law, and tend to act accordingly.
Almost inevitably, they come to find out they are indeed not above the law, and end up facing harsh consequences in light of their actions. Many times, it is not a single offender, but a pattern of corruption perpetrated by an entire organization.
Case in point: FIFA.
World soccer’s governing body has been rocked to its core by current investigations into allegations that bribery, kickbacks and rigged voting processes helped determine host countries of previous and yet-to-happen World Cup events – the biggest sporting event in the world.
FIFA has been embroiled in this most recent scandal since U.S. Department of Justice officials indicted 14 people including nine top FIFA officials on corruption charges in May while Swiss officials simultaneously opened their own investigation into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and tiny Qatar. These investigations in turn led to FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s defiant resignation, and have caused the 2026 World Cup bidding process to be put on hold.
Blatter’s second in command, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, is also under scrutiny and abruptly canceled his scheduled attendance at the Women’s World Cup happening in Canada this month.
And then you have former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, who has previously been suspended indefinitely by FIFA in 2011 for bribery. He was arrested by the Justice Department and is alleged to have taken $10 million in bribes in order to give South Africa the 2010 World Cup instead of Morocco. He is threatening to release substantial information about corruption running rampant throughout FIFA’s upper echelon.