Las Vegas museum devoted to the mafia opens a display that explores the “rampant corruption” of global soccer’s scandal-rocked governing body, which has drawn comparisons to organized crime.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 1, 2015) (REUTERS) – A Las Vegas museum devoted to the exploits of Tommy gun-wielding mobsters opened a permanent display on Tuesday (September 1) that explores what it calls the “rampant corruption” of global soccer’s scandal-rocked governing body, which has drawn comparisons to organized crime.
The new exhibit follows a corruption scandal that has created the worst crisis in FIFA’s 111-year history.
The Mob Museum, which showcases some of the most brutal and exploitative criminal activity in U.S. history, unveiled the display of photographs, news articles, and original narratives called “The ‘Beautiful Game’ Turns Ugly”.
In a statement, the museum said, “the display provides an incisive and eye-opening look into the rampant corruption that plagues (FIFA).”
In late May, U.S. prosecutors in New York indicted nine soccer officials, most of whom held or had held FIFA positions, and five sports media and promotions executives in schemes involving $150 million in bribes over a period of 24 years.
Prosecutors said their investigation exposed complex money laundering schemes, millions of dollars in untaxed income and tens of millions of dollars in offshore accounts held by the soccer officials.
The scandal has triggered calls from leading FIFA sponsors as well as labor union and anti-corruption groups that the soccer entity agree to be monitored by a fully independent reform commission.
The Mob Museum, or more formally the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, offers exhibits that piece together the story of organized crime in America and how it came to shape Las Vegas.