May 29, 2015 –Professor Steven Bank’s comments were included in an American Soccer Now article that featured expert opinions on the FIFA bribery and corruption scandal.
“It seems particularly appropriate that the FIFA officials were investigated using tools designed to fight foreign terrorists and will be prosecuted in part under a statute—the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)—adopted in 1970 to fight the Mafia. Cutting off the head of this snake will not kill its body. Corruption is deep-rooted in soccer, extending to the federations of many nations. It is literally part of the culture. As the U.S. has found with its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits Americans from bribing foreign officials, true change must come from within.”
Read the article.