Sepp Blatter Andy Mueller/ZumaPress

Fotbalová mafie

NEW YORK – Jediným překvapením na zatčení sedmi funkcionářů FIFA ve švýcarském hotelu za časného rána dne 27. května je to, že k němu vůbec došlo. Většina lidí měla za to, že tito hýčkaní muži v drahých oblecích, kteří vládnou světové fotbalové federaci, jsou mimo dosah zákona. Ať se šířily jakékoli zvěsti a psaly jakékoli zprávy o úplatcích, provizích, manipulaci voleb a dalších nekalých praktikách, prezident FIFA Joseph Blatter zvaný „Sepp“ a jeho kolegové a společníci jako by z toho vždy vyšli bez úhony.

Ze škály trestných činů podvodu a korupce bylo zatím obviněno 14 mužů, mimo jiné devět současných či bývalých činitelů FIFA (Blatter ovšem ne); obviněni byli ve Spojených státech, kde jim žalobci kromě jiného kladou za vinu, že shrábli 150 milionů dolarů v úplatcích a provizích. A švýcarští federální žalobci prověřují pochybné dohody, z nichž vzešla rozhodnutí přidělit pořadatelství mistrovství světa ve fotbale v letech 2018 a 2022 Rusku a Kataru.

V profesionálních sportech samozřejmě existuje dlouhá tradice pokoutního kšeftování. Americké zločinecké gangy mají například velký zájem o box. Pronikání hazardních sítí a dalších nepoctivých obchodníků poznamenalo i kdysi tak džentlmenskou hru jako kriket. FIFA je jednoduše nejbohatší a nejmocnější dojnou krávou ze všech.

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