Jon Stewart slams FIFA fraud scandal
Congratulations, American soccer fans: Finally, you’ve got a big, juicy scandal to rival the deflategates of the world. Actually, strike that—the charges rocking the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, are a much bigger deal than Tom Brady’s saggy balls. Why? For two main reasons: the FIFA scandal is focused on a whopping 14 corrupt officials, and it comes as a result of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies that have existed at least 24 years.
Wait a tick. 24 years? “To put this in perspective, this FIFA corruption started Jennifer Lawrence ago,” as Jon Stewart explained on Wednesday’s Daily Show. Of course, that wasn’t all: The comedian also riffed on soccer cliches (the officials are “going to jail for money they…. STOOOOOOLE!“) and did an extended bit imagining why, precisely, it has taken two dozen years to actually charge the officials with any wrongdoing—complete with a series of ’90s-evoking wigs.
Stewart’s segment may not be quite as knowledegable and passionate as his former colleague John Oliver’s blistering, 13-minute 2014 anti-FIFA rant—but it’s still an amusing way to both understand the basics of the scandal and start your morning off on the right foot. (Soccer pun!)