(BBC) – America does not even like football, or so many people think. Why is it leading the charge against alleged FIFA corruption?
At dawn, Swiss police rounded up seven FIFA officials at the behest of US authorities who have conducted a massive investigation into corruption at football’s governing body.
So how did a country where football is more niche than entrenched come to police the world’s beautiful game?
“Too many countries are cowed by FIFA,” said Alexandra Wrage, a former FIFA anti-bribery adviser who resigned in protest from the organization.
“As with international bribery more generally, the US Department of Justice has said they’ll step up to investigate corruption if others won’t,” she said.