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FIFA Internal Investigation: Between Scylla and Charybdis

Tom Fox | December 8, 2015

Scylla and Charybdis were two legendary sea monsters that existed at the Straights of Messina, separating Sicily and the Italian mainland. Scylla was a six-headed sea monster on the Italian side of the strait, which would pick up and destroy individual sailors. Charybdis was a whirlpool off the coast of Sicily able to sink an entire ship. Pass to close to one and the other interceded; and vice-versa.

The fight against international corruption is usually led by the United States, and no greater example of this can be seen in the ongoing criminal proceedings against FIFA; beginning with the initial 18 indictments handed down last May, through the subsequent arrests in Geneva and elsewhere across the globe. Yet for any multi-national effort, it takes multi-national cooperation. According to the New York Times, while U.S. authorities have publicly praised Switzerland as part of this effort, “government officials from the two countries have hardly worked in lock step.”...

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