By Geoffrey Smith
May 27, 2015

It’s the viral event of the month. The Twittersphere has exploded with an overwhelmingly one-sided and raucous celebration at the news that nine senior officials at Fifa have been indicted on charges of wire fraud, bribery and racketeering.

Here’s a taste of it.

There’s the restrained satisfaction of past stars who have to watch their words now they’re media pundits…

And the irony of the game being cleaned up by a country that ignored it for the best part of 120 years wasn’t lost on some.


Some were moved to poetry…


There was delight at how the staff at the 5-star Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich protected the dignity of their esteemed guests as they were led off to face the rap.


And thought inevitably turned to the scandal over the award of the 2022 World Cup tournament to Qatar.


There was no shortage of people quick to remind us that that decision had already cost the lives of (according to some estimates) over a thousand migrant workers building the infrastructure for that tournament.

It would be fair to say that a general air of skepticism prevailed regarding President Sepp Blatter’s absence from the list of the indicted.


Some had fun with Fifa spokesman Walter de Gregorio’s claim that Blatter is “calm” but “is not dancing in his office.”

Others even went so far as to doubt Mr. de Gregorio’s claim that Blatter and Fifa were fully cooperating with the investigation.

But most looked forward cheerfully to the future, nonetheless.


A few optimists highlighted the lucrative possibilities for the next edition of the Fifa-branded computer soccer game.

But most of all, there has just been a huge outpouring of relief and joy from fans across the world at the thought that, despite all of the evidence to the contrary over the years, even Fifa and its officials aren’t above the law.




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