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The Source: FIFA Scandal Not A Surprise

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Federal agents carry boxes of evidence taken from the headquarters of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) on May 27, 2015, in Miami Beach, Fla.

The International Federation of Association of Football (FIFA) has been the punch line of corruption-related jokes for a decade, but the size and scope of yesterday's revelations and indictments gave everyone pause. 

Speculation over bribery and vote buying in the World Cup Awarding for 2018 to Russia and Qatar in 2022 is looking more and more likely, with calls to rethink what happens next.

FIFA began its annual congress this morning in Zurich. What effect will the preceding events have on elections and on the organization? What will this mean for the future of international soccer? Will this really end the corrupt-culture that FIFA has been known for?


  • Kevin Baxter, sports writer for the Los Angeles Times
  • Declan Hill, author of "The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime" and Senior Fellow in anti-corruption at the University of Brighton.
  • Michelle Kauffman, sports columnist at the Miami Herald

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Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org