It’s one thing for Interpol to have a partnership with an organization many think might be shady, but another thing altogether to appear linked with one being investigated by the FBI.
Interpol, the international police agency, has frozen the $22.5 million donated by FIFA in 2011 as part of a program to police match-fixing in football.
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Seeing that FIFA is under suspicion of being involved in fixing any number of things, from matches to tournament-hosting, in the sport, Interpol’s thinking it’ll find its money somewhere else (Its annual budget is more than $85 million).
Of course, FIFA says the program is “unrelated” to its current well-documented struggles.
FIFA seemed to be stunned by the move, and said it was “reaching out” to the Lyon, France-based Interpol for talks.
“This successful program is unrelated to the current issues surrounding FIFA and we believe that this unilateral decision will negatively impact the fight against criminal activity,” FIFA said in a statement.
Last week, Interpol issued a global alert about two former FIFA officials and four marketing executives who face racketeering conspiracy charges in the United States.
That anything “stuns” FIFA is among the more unintentionally-hilarious things we’ll read today.
Yes, FIFA is somehow still surprised that large global organizations are concerned about having relationships with soccer’s governing body. Perhaps FIFA could’ve better prepared a statement if they hadn’t lost their spokesman to a joke.
You keep doing you, FIFA.