Canadians react; FIFA scandal ahead of women’s soccer

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 03:10 GMT, May 28, 2015 |

With the Women’s World Cup kicking off across Canada next month, Canadians expressed little surprise at the corruption scandal swirling around world soccer’s governing body on Wednesday (May 27). “Finally, I guess would be the first thought to mind, you know it’s incredible how long that there’s been a perception of corruption going on inside FIFA and to finally see some action on it is incredible, it’s nice to see someone doing something about it for sure,” said one fan in Toronto about the scandal.

Tremors from the arrest in Switzerland of seven of FIFA’s most powerful figures on corruption charges reached across the Atlantic, rattling the build-up to the World Cup, but many fans are not surprised by the news. “This is something that’s been brewing for a long time, it is not surprising, anyone who has had even a casual interest in football, soccer, knows that FIFA, by its very nature, is always going to be corrupt because it’s so powerful, because it is so all encompassing, because it involves the world’s sport,” said another soccer fan.

U.S. authorities said nine soccer officials and five sports media and promotions executives faced corruption charges involving more than $150 million in bribes. In pursuit of the U.S. case, Swiss police arrested seven FIFA officials who are now awaiting extradition to the United States.