FIFA scandal: Putin steps in

Published on May 29, 2015 11:43:43 AM

FIFA World Cup corruption scandal has taken a new dimension with Russian President Vladimir V Putin projecting it as a ploy by the US and he even denounced the arrests. He also accused the US of “global overreach” and has invoked Edward J Snowden and Julian Assange’s cases as a reference point on the issue.

With Putin’s remarks, the FIFA corruption scandal has become a confrontation between Russia and the West. Though most of the world leaders have maintained a stoic silence on the issue, Vladmir Putin reacted sharply to the on going developments in FIFA. He claimed that the US is making attempts to put Russia under seize and deny its right to hold the World Cup 2018.

Terming the arrests of arrests of top FIFA officials in Zurich, Switzerland, as "another blatant attempt by the United States to extend its jurisdiction to other states," Putin said Russia would not be a silent spectator to the “expansionism of the US.”

Putin also came in support of Sepp Blatter, the Swiss president of the organization who is seeking to get elected president in a vote scheduled for Friday. He was not among the soccer officials arrested.

"I have no doubt that this is obviously an attempt to prevent Blatter's re-election to the post of FIFA president, which is a grave violation of the principles that international organizations function on," Putin said.