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How a Bribe-Taking Informant Changed the World Cup

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FIFA, soccer's ruling body, is trying to shake off an image of corruption, but the investigations continue thanks in large measure to a now-deceased American whistle-blower. Bloomberg QuickTake explains how it happened. Video by Robin Fall, Grant Clark and Vicky Feng https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-07-03/how-a-bribe-taking-u-s-whistleblower-changed-the-world-cup-video
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Tom Beaumont (3 days ago)
You say that Qatar has little football pedigree but what football pedigree does the US have
Ali Makaveli (7 days ago)
*Who kept the bribe money? USA?*
Erick Soto (7 days ago)
U know who else changed wc history... NEYMAR!!!!!!
chivalry dead (8 days ago)
Football Fucking Faggots Now these shits will hold the WC!! Will they send back Muslim dominant countries? Wtf is wrong with the world, running around money. Humanity Is Doomed!! Fuck. And they'll say follow law and order, so we can earn some more -_'-
Jasim Zoobi (8 days ago)
FIFA may have been bribed to vote for south Africa to host the world cup, but it was a fucking brilliant world cup so I have no problem with that
elver galarga (9 days ago)
Everyone is triggered about the word soccer but USA didn’t bring that name over it was the English
elver galarga (9 days ago)
“We’re sorry about the corruption to make it up we’ll make you host of the 2026 World Cup and keep the money for your debt enriched country , you’re welcome Americans “ Now leave us alone and continue our crimes
elver galarga (9 days ago)
Mmhm 🤔 kinda odd of the how USA officials found out how much money is made over the World Cup then they themselves landed as host in 2026 ? Maybe they struck a deal , we’ll let you keep rigging just gives us some of the cash 💰 and “continue to investigate “
Anis Belabbas (9 days ago)
So after the US "undercovered" the corruption in the fifa they what ? Get the world cup ? Hmmm isnt it strange
Vasco Carvalho (9 days ago)
Why is Raphael Guerreiro in the thumbnail?
bleugh bloop (9 days ago)
tbh I thought this was going to be about a ghost whistle changing the course of play in some previous world cup
Charlie Brown (9 days ago)
I'm still trying to wrap my head around how a separate suite for Chuck Blazer's pets at Trump Tower would work...
drmnys (9 days ago)
Fucking Americans...what jurisdiction do they have over other countries and organizations? They aren't even interested in football!? Yet they launched an investigation into FIFA...what business is it of theirs? I know FIFA is corrupt but it's not the USA fucking business to meddle in things that concern them. And I'm sure it wasn't about something altruistic like combating corruption. I'm sure it was because FIFA wasn't giving the Americans their cut of the corruption money. Now look the USA gets to host the 2026 World Cup. Worked out very conveniently for them didn't it.
Rodrigo Recalde (9 days ago)
Well .. USA instead of using bribes to get the world cup, used "power" with all it's investigations and ended in a: we give you the next world cup but please leave our people alone
Mr. Reflinkk (10 days ago)
I thought this video is about someone who just whistled and the players thought it's the referee whistling..
Kiko Alves (11 days ago)
Raphael Guerreiro PORTUGAL 🇵🇹
Sandranil Biswas (11 days ago)
The man made that much money to buy a fucking Hummer wow ok
TheWeeaboo (11 days ago)
Rewarding fucked up countries with a World Cup they don't deserve to host. Football is dead.
kcapt96 (11 days ago)
Nothing new, everyone knows that money can buy you anything. Qatar will be fun.
ThomBock (11 days ago)
Eww did you just say soccer
Arabic Chic (11 days ago)
fuck qatar government
Eric Walsh (12 days ago)
FIFER? Oh.... you mean FIF-AHHH.
Arvin Lagasios (12 days ago)
I thought of an actual whistle blower
Ciri Callejas (12 days ago)
Why does the World Cup have to be held in Qatar and the U.S. The World Cup should be held to a nation where football means everything. The U.S. and Qatar and Canada don't give two shits about football. The only good part of 2026 is that Mexico is co-hosting it. A country with a rich culture and where football is basically considered a religion.
JM Kang (12 days ago)
you left out most important one - rigging match results.
Jeff Araujo (12 days ago)
So Canada USA and Mexico are gonna hold the world cup together?
Luis Martinez (12 days ago)
and Canada
Highlighted Reply (13 days ago)
So the 2026 World Cup will be called USA, Canada and Mexico 2026 Soccer World Cup? 🙄
Luis Martinez (12 days ago)
or maybe The North American World Cup 2026
mohamed amin (13 days ago)
all of this is a made up story from USA because they are jelous of Russia and Qatar.. things don't add up... that guy was used and killed ... why USA interfere in everything is question.. knowing that everywhere it goes it leaves destruction.. tell any country that is peaceful since USA invaded 😂... now fifa is fucked up for life... next world cup will be around USA . then to USA allies...
happiness & laughter (13 days ago)
2022 world cup must be moved. I say England or Japan.
happiness & laughter (13 days ago)
No respect for snitches.
KevinOrlando93 (13 days ago)
Good video, but what's this 'soccer' you are talking about?
EURO BEATZ (13 days ago)
geez santa
portzblitz (13 days ago)
Sorry, not even remotely a whistle blower.
FAMOUS LOS (13 days ago)
Football not soccer
ItsMoi Moí (14 days ago)
Everyone knew something was not right when Russia and Qatar won the bids..
Nicholas Jessel (14 days ago)
2022 is gonna bd a jokr. but dont complain about 2010 or 2014
C. Lincoln (14 days ago)
3:10 to 3:13 LOOOOL "YEEEET"
Dislike for soccer
Jamaican MeCrazy (14 days ago)
Why watch a bunch of pussy fakers run around a field and kick a ball.
Abhilash Buragohain (14 days ago)
Soccer ? get your words right. its Football not soccer. Dont do a report if you dont know a proper term.
Jefferson (10 days ago)
It isn't wrong, it's how people call Football in english speaking countries where Football isn't a major sport. In short, people that don't like Football call it soccer.
cpwm17 (12 days ago)
Abhilash Buragohain It's called soccer in the US, along with much of the rest of the English speaking world. I guess you haven't yet realized that people use different words for the same thing in different parts of the world.
chiCo andtheMan (13 days ago)
Abhilash Buragohain fuckn idiot LMAO
Avidcomp (13 days ago)
What's not correct about the word "soccer" ? (and I'm a Brit). - Read the history of the word.
Nav Dhillon (14 days ago)
Chuck Blazer looks like Evil Santa
fujimatosa (14 days ago)
The most of the population that like and watch World Cup is in Europe. They will not see this WC 2026 because of time difference.
OxiClean (12 days ago)
fujimatosa Are u actually that retarded?
Arturo Hernandez (14 days ago)
Soo what have we learned here folks?... Keep on robbing but pay your taxes!
R. DB (14 days ago)
Your voice is sexy
Ahnaf Khan (15 days ago)
America canada and mexico in 2026 is mentioned at last. This report is totally biased.
Charles Martel (15 days ago)
Americans simply "discovered" the corruption of FIFA because their bribes to get the World Cup were not as huge as Russia´s or Qatar´s. American knew all along that FIFA was corrupt, they were just pissed that they don´t control football (which is good, as they can´t trash this sport, as they did with all other shit America gets its hands on).
Charles Martel (15 days ago)
It´s football, not soccer, football! Real football, not the shit of "American football".
Ilham Najib (15 days ago)
well, snitches get stitches
bydloshkolnik (15 days ago)
FIFA's corruption scandal was just a battle between shit and piss. Between camp of the USA's backed crooks and the rest of the crooks.
Linda Mvungi (15 days ago)
American hero??? more like a complying criminal! all same corrupt!
Alexander Rdzen (15 days ago)
Interesting. So the country that is investigating corrupt multi billionaires is now getting the world cup.. Hmm coincidence
laloromero (15 hours ago)
O.K I side with you just because we get to host 10 games in Mexico, we get the cup too! Or part of it, at least lol
I Am Sekou (9 days ago)
O.K stfu asshole
O.K (9 days ago)
Anthony oh look🙄it's a stupid poor peasant that's not getting the world cup. Ha!😂
Anthony (10 days ago)
O.K Dumb american corrupt asshole.
ricomajestic (11 days ago)
Richest country in the world and FIFA wants that money!
Rayyan Jamal (15 days ago)
So the 2026 World Cup will be held in a country that doesn't even call the name by its correct name? Smh.
Triass777 (11 days ago)
just like with the metric system doesn't mean it shouldn't happen
derp 713 (12 days ago)
Toori Baba I don't call it soccer football. I say soccer in English but I say football in Spanish.
Football 2M (12 days ago)
Would you be against it if Ireland got the World Cup we call it soccer cause we have another sport called Gaelic football so we call that football
Toori Baba (12 days ago)
derp 713 what stubbornness? you call handegg American football and soccer as only football? Its not confusing And seriously do you really think USA is not the no.1 enemy of human rights? Is that's why you left UN human right counsel?
derp 713 (12 days ago)
Toori Baba don't be ignorant about u.s.a having human rights problems. Also that's no what I mean. Fans of American football would be stubborn to change the name to something else.
Rajat Roy (15 days ago)
As long as you can buy about 75 to 80 voters you have a good chance and if you buy about 115 then you can rig again so the money will just be smaller in packets but it will go on.
TXeNEbTnD (15 days ago)
Its happening RT in Russia. everything is about business.
鈴谷十三 (15 days ago)
It is also possible that the FBI pressured FIFA through unrelenting 'witch hunts' and media rants into awarding the 2026 world cup to the USA. So in other words the USA had to create a new way of manipulating the vote to host its own tournament....i.e. nothing changes here
鈴谷十三 (11 days ago)
LL cool J Funny enough you think Mexico and Canada in their current state have enough influence to win rights to host the world cup. Anyway I have nothing wrong against the US bid. I just find it weird that a country whose media was at the forefront of publicizing FIFA's corruption gets to be at the forefront of trying to host FIFA's tournament
LL cool J (11 days ago)
MrBigT OP has no proof whatsoever to back up his claim. I also think it's dumb considering it's like 3 countries at max who actually apply/ are able to host. Lastly L.A. has hosted before so it's reasonable for them to do it again. All this considered i think it's okey to call bs conspiracy theory.
MrBigT (12 days ago)
u just thick headed. Mr double *L* s, not so *cool* *J* oke
鈴谷十三 (12 days ago)
your opinion mate. just as good as mine, it's a non-event. cheers
LL cool J (13 days ago)
鈴谷十三 Nice tinfoil you got there! Haven't seen such pure tinfoil before.
Altair (15 days ago)
It’s obvious that corruption is still huge in FIFA. Or there would be no way USA would win as hosting nation for 2026. Hell they don’t even call the game “football”. In an honest world USA wouldn’t win even in next 50 years. USA bribed other nations to vote for them and bribed the FIFA. Even though I live in USA, I still don’t like that USA got to host 2026 World Cup. Morocco deserves it.
ripdajacker23 (12 days ago)
Fact is that deciding which country will host still comes down to "private" vote so it's very difficult to know if any of the voters were paid... Maybe what should be done is to have a top 3 finalist countries in a bowl and have the deciding draw televised like they do tournament group drawings. Also, the 2026 tournament in Canada/Mexico/US will bring in billions of dollars, much more than it would in Morocco. It's just a fact, unfortunately.
OxiClean (12 days ago)
Yes I'm sorry but I'm glad the world cup will be in North America. 100x better than morocco
O.K (13 days ago)
Haha deserved? What did Morocco do to DESERVED the world cup? Did they figure out how to cure cancer or stop Italy from being racist to Muslim and blacks? Yes, the U.S is the bad guy for exposing the crooks in FIFA. Omg U.S is finding a criminal that take bribes to get what they want(Sarcasm). Oh, look! Those same criminal are now saying "Oh Fuck!" Let's give the U.S the World Cup as a bribe that way they stop investigating our dirty business. Psh~ your probably an immigrant kid that's was brought here to the U.S as a child and find any reason to hate on the U.S
Altair (15 days ago)
Christian Libertarian yeah only half of the stadiums were full. Most humiliated World Cup ever. Maradona was falsely accused of drug usage. I can’t wait for 2026 to come where USA will put so much blame and wrong info on other countries that USA hate. Like Russia, Iran and such.
Billy Ramone (16 days ago)
all sport is now destroyed by greed
jd360 (11 days ago)
More like, THE ENTIRE WORLD is destroyed by greed.
Recorsi (16 days ago)
Its football
Taco Stacks (16 days ago)
Sometimes you have to like your own comment to get the ball rolling.
Bloomberg (12 days ago)
That's a clever pun-t you've made there ;) Thanks for watching!
They need to go back to Trump Miss Universe desition to hold the pageant in Russia...
vilemonkey (16 days ago)
US = real football. Soccer is Euro faggoty gay football.
Gus Garcia (16 days ago)
The Russians are doping.
I Am Sekou (9 days ago)
Gus Garcia Proof?
Shafwan Dito (10 days ago)
Butthurt Spaniards.
Dylan Alves (12 days ago)
Everyone dopes. It's just a matter of who gets caught.
Eagle 367 (12 days ago)
Gus Garcia you need proof mate
Niko Neznanović (13 days ago)
They definetly are, outrunning every other team on the world cup, give me a fucking break, they were one of the slowest teams in the euros just 2 years ago.
Sandro Arnet (16 days ago)
Jefferson Gigliotti (15 days ago)
Sandro Arnet normal, without quotes
vann tedd (16 days ago)
This conspiracies about FIFA and "corruption" ,all happens for the administration not obeying US and UK demands to remove Russia from hosting the world cup for Russia uniting with Crimea through referendum . had Russia did not host the world cup ,none of this fake scandals will be happening.
Cd B (10 days ago)
vann tedd no, it’s because FIFA accepts bribes practically over the table, if you think it’s just about Russia, I suggest reading up on Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, two of the biggest sleeze bags who are known to have taken bribes and ruled FIFA and UEFA based on gift giving and how much you offered them personally.
Alexander Rdzen (14 days ago)
fujimatosa yes it is.
fujimatosa (14 days ago)
ILoveCoffee What about Brexit? Does the UK still a part of the EU?
ILoveCoffee (15 days ago)
You sound like English is not your first language. I said that England expelled a Russian diplomat, which is something every country can do, and then other EU countries expelled some Russian diplomats in the name of solidarity. That's what THEY said, it's not what i am saying, i am just quoting you the news.
Alexander Rdzen (15 days ago)
ILoveCoffee and you need to learn to read. I already said I'm not English so I don't know and don't care what they wrote. Sanctions were imposed. They were done together, not only by England. England felt attacked. In a response it imposed sanctions. Just like with the krim. EU follows this opinion. Don't care if they demanded it. It's a fact that they together have sanctions on Russia
this user (16 days ago)
Did the FIFA execs roll around on the ground and feign an injury when banned?
kingdesmith (16 days ago)
He is a snitch not a whistleblower
Viper (16 days ago)
JUDAS !!!!
Brenton Smith (16 days ago)
He was a crook not a whistleblower. He tried to save his ass.
Brenton Smith (9 days ago)
America does not need proof.
I Am Sekou (9 days ago)
Brenton Smith Cheated? Where's the proof?
Brenton Smith (10 days ago)
Truth is USA loss bid to Qatar. USA was cheated. So they went hunting.
Jimmy the Gent (10 days ago)
More of a rat than a whistle blower.
:)pie? (16 days ago)
It's not soccer you American fucks.
Machine (16 days ago)
"The world cup and soccer in general" fucking dumb reporter
Samson Petered (16 days ago)
Does not sound like a whistle blower at all more like someone trying to cover their behind
Denzel Heden (16 days ago)
the greatest corrupt in football is sep blatter
Baggie195 LGN_ (16 days ago)
Jefferson (10 days ago)
It isn't wrong to call it soccer, it's how people call Football in english speaking countries where Football isn't a major sport. Aka people that don't like Football call it soccer.
Football 2M (12 days ago)
Baggie195 LGN_ just grow up in Ireland we call it soccer and we call Gaelic football football
jyh1Q94 (13 days ago)
I can see why the most of Americans say something like "soccer is gay". Fake injuries from like Neymar Jr. and Pepe (Portuguese footballer, not the frog, if you are confused), FIFA's corruption, and desperate word corrections from god damn triggered Europeans!
Mario L (13 days ago)
floop tv the one that is stupid is the one saying the same shit over and over again about calling it football. There is already a "football" sport in the US, soccer can't simply be called football too. Then we will have Major League Football (soccer or MLS) and National Football League (NFL). And you are the stupid one since you didn't see my sarcasm.
floop tv (13 days ago)
Mario L you are truly stupid it's called football here in America cause the ball is a foot long (12 inches)
Melvin Jansen (16 days ago)
It's the La li lu le lo ?
Melvin Jansen (16 days ago)
So this isnt happening anymore? 😀
Batow31 (13 days ago)
Melvin Jansen naaaaah apparently the US only looked into them to manipulate the World Cup into being hosted by them
ATS_ (16 days ago)
Your argument that Russia and Qatar isn't a country known for its football can be said about North America aswell
ATS_ (1 day ago)
I was but i know mexico has decent fotball
Ricardo Clark Bueno (7 days ago)
False. The US and Mexico have qualified for many World Cups, while Qatar never made it
oc2k13 (14 days ago)
Are you including mexico too?
Altair (15 days ago)
ATS_ yeah they not considered “good” but they are definitely a big fan of football. Which isn’t the case for USA. They even call it soccer instead of football.
fujimatosa (16 days ago)
What? USA will hold FIFA worldcup 2026. Are you kidding? There is no football in the USA. I know you call it soccer, but it is still football in the rest of the World
ripdajacker23 (12 days ago)
fujimatosa it’s really a misconception that football isn’t popular in the US. True, it’s not the most popular, and not much attention is given to it, but it’s been on the rise for the past 20, and especially the past 10 years. There are millions of people from all over the world living here that come from “football countries” per se. The NFL (American football) and MLB (baseball) are dying leagues and people are turning more and more to basketball and proper football. By the time the 2026 WC comes around I believe that football will be the 2nd most popular sport behind basketball in the US. That’s a tremendous jump from being 4th or 5th at the turn of the millennium ... the national football team may not be very good internationally but there are many other national teams being rooted for within the US that bring the football culture to the forefront. Just my opinion while living in the US
fujimatosa (12 days ago)
ripdajacker23 I just wonder why the US even pretend to be the host country for World Cup, taking into account that this sport is not popular in the US.
ripdajacker23 (12 days ago)
It's not about who "deserves" it but about who can provide the best opportunity to bring in revenue. Money is the target audience ... If tourists = money, think about which country can bring in the most tourists. Morocco or US/Canada/Mexico? FIFA simply goes where the money will be
Christian Libertarian (15 days ago)
High school girls play soccer in the US. I guess that's the target audience.
Altair (15 days ago)
fujimatosa yeah they bribed FIFA and other nations to vote for them. At the end it was Morocco vs USA and USA won. Seriously Morocco deserved it. People don’t even watch football in USA.

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