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Jon Stewart gives you the comedic rundown on FIFA’s corrupt history

Jon Stewart takes a look at the 'kicking and scheming' at the heart of FIFA's corruption scandal.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Posted on May 28, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 5:52 pm CDT

FIFA‘s corruption scandal is already an immortal tale of white-collar crime, making it irresistible fodder for The Daily Show.

Seven key FIFA officials were arrested in Switzerland this week, prompting many soccer fans to wonder what took so long. FIFA’s name is already so synonymous with corruption that John Oliver dedicated an entire segment to it last year, covering FIFA’s various ongoing bribery scandals and its terrible human rights record during preparations for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

On Wednesday night, Jon Stewart took a look at the unfolding FIFA scandal and its 24-year history, pointing out that while the FIFA officials were caught after laundering money through U.S. banks, U.S. bankers rarely seem to face any punishment for similar behavior. Oops?

Amazingly, the World Cup is still scheduled to take place in Qatar, regardless of the ever-growing FIFA scandal. As Jon Stewart put it, “If there’s one thing we at FIFA pride ourselves in, it’s that when we get bribed, we stay bribed.”

Screengrab via The Daily Show

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*First Published: May 28, 2015, 9:12 am CDT