Sepp Blatter and his pals at FIFA should have their names in the same halls as Lucky Luciano and Bugsy Siegel.
At least those are the thoughts of the folks who run The Mob Museum in Las Vegas, as the Nevada establishment will have a FIFA exhibit on permanent display beginning Sept. 1.
The museum, which opened in 2012 and was designed by the folks behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, made the announcement on Tuesday. An Associated Press report said FIFA did not respond to its request for comment.
Through photographs, media clippings and cover stories and expository narrative, the Museum’s new FIFA exhibit gives a breakdown of the kickbacks, secrecy and match-fixing associated with the scandal.
“This exhibit is ripped right from today’s headlines about the globe’s most popular sport,” explains Jonathan Ullman, executive director, The Mob Museum. “To our growing number of visitors from places like the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil and Italy, the FIFA scandal provides an especially resonant example of the different shapes organized crime can take.”
While allegations of corruption have been made about FIFA for more than a decade, its activities were finally confirmed by U.S. FIFA representative Chuck Blazer in 2013.
Something tell us the exhibit won’t bring in the same sort of interest as the actual wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, but it does fit the bill of organized crime. Odd that no one at FIFA responded, but we can think of a certain video that could be on loop in the exhibit: