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So what if US prosecutes FIFA?

Published:Monday | June 1, 2015 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Why is it that some people have an issue with the United States authorities leading the corruption investigation into FIFA's affairs? Seriously now, does it matter who is leading the charge? And would the revelations be different?

In my view, if there is evidence of illegal monies being wired from one accused to another using the US banking/wire system, the Americans have every right to investigate. I know the US is on to something when I see the former head of Russia's KGB, now President Putin, coming out in against the move. We have to remember that he has been most transparent on the Ukraine issue.

And for me, a moot point is: Which other country would have been willing to take this on? The answer appears to be NONE, because these allegations have been swirling around for years.

Not even the Swiss, in whose country FIFA is headquartered, have made any meaningful effort to get beyond the frequent denials by Sepp Blatter and his very ruthless (and effective) machinery of getting rid of or casting aspersions at the whistle-blowers.

Whether it's the US or any other country leading this crusade, FIFA is institutionally corrupt and Blatter needs to go.

In the meantime, we in the Caribbean should be listening out for any other names in the region that may be called. I feel sure there will be. As my grandfather used to say, show me your company and I'll tell you who you are. Wait for it.

Kudos to the USA. Lock up every last one.

STEPHEN HARRISON

St Mary