Menendez, McCain Sent Letter to FIFA Just Before Indictments

Menendez, McCain Sent Letter to FIFA Just Before Indictments


By:  Niels Lesniewski
CQ


On Tuesday afternoon, Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and John McCain, R-Ariz., fired off a letter to the FIFA Congress encouraging the international soccer governing body to reconsider granting a fifth term at the helm to President Sepp Blatter.

The election had been scheduled for later this week at a meeting in Switzerland, but that plan may have to change after Swiss law enforcement agents swept through a hotel where top FIFA authorities gathered to round up officials on criminal charges in the United States, as The New York Times reported from Zurich.

Nine officials with FIFA, as well as a handful of corporate executives have been indicted in Brooklyn on charges involving a racketeering conspiracy, including wire fraud and money laundering.

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