All eyes will be upon the courtroom in Brooklyn USA over the football chiefs accused of taking bribes. Yes the arrests were made in Zurich so questions over why the US are taking charge of this investigation is perhaps another story.
Will the 2018 and 2022 host countries fall under the microscope or stay on the field?
Blatter will always believe that the FBI and IRS began their work, with a tap on Blazer’s shoulder in Manhattan in 2011, because the US was resentful that Fifa had spurned its bid to host the 2022 World Cup and voted for Qatar instead. Yet that overlooks some blatant episodes. Corruption was in effect publicly advertised in Trinidad in 2011 by the handing out of $1m in $40,000 payments, literally in brown envelopes, to delegates of FAs in the Caribbean Football Union on the order of Warner. Warner denied it was bribery.