The internet is approaching meltdown after the news that Swiss authorities made early-morning arrests of six football officials and opened separate criminal proceedings over the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
FIFA is in crisis and most football fans are utterly delighted to hear it.
This is extraordinary! FIFA is imploding. The best thing that could possibly happen to the beautiful game. https://t.co/l5Hiwp0WxZ— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 27, 2015
There can't be a more corrupt, deplorable organisation on earth than FIFA. The house of cards is falling. Time for change!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 27, 2015
FIFA held a press conference suggesting they are the damaged party - football fans are unimpressed.
De Gregorio #fifa: "Fifa is the damaged party." Nonsense. Football is the damaged party. Integrity is the damaged party. Re-vote needed.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 27, 2015
The basic consensus is that it couldn't be happening to a better organisation.
And of course, there have been lots of jokes.
FIFA officials arrested this morning. One thing I can't quite get to grips with... pic.twitter.com/v5MPrS9ahH— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 27, 2015
Given how crooked FIFA are, it's a genuine mystery that Ireland has never got to host one of its so-called World Cups.— Schmidt Happens (@RossOCK) May 27, 2015
#FIFA is asked about Blatter.
'He's quite relaxed abut it.'
Course he f*cking is, sat at home smoking cigars, stroking his cat, probably.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 27, 2015
I am utterly shocked at the arrests for fraud at #FIFA. It has also come as a complete surprise to me to find that sunrise follows night.— Lee Hurst (@2010LeeHurst) May 27, 2015
This is worth showing again right now. John Oliver’s fantastic TV takedown of FIFA, filmed before the 2014 World Cup, is the best possible explanation of why the organisation that runs the world’s most popular sport is almost universally loathed.