Fourteen people were arrested earlier this morning in Zurich after the United States Department of Justice indicted them with corruption charges related to an ongoing investigation targeting FIFA. Seven FIFA officials, including three vice presidents, along with other national associations' presidents and marketing executives, are the center of a federal investigation that places the world soccer governing body in the center of the storm.

The charges include racketeering, wire fraud and money laundry conspiracy, and could cost everyone involved up to 20 years in jail for every count submitted by the prosecution.

According to the DOJ, more than $150 million were paid in bribes as an exchange for major tournaments television and media deals.

But how did the whole thing start? Chuck Blazer was CONCACAF's (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) general secretary and a member of FIFA's Executive committee up until 2013, when he was suspended by the organization after allegedly receiving $20 million in briberies from other CONCACAF members. He was also being investigated in the US for tax evasion, and was convinced by the FBI to collaborate in this case. As a result, hundreds of conversations were recorded and subsequently used in this investigation leading to the arrests made this morning.

How is this going to affect FIFA's next presidential election, set to take place this Friday, Sepp Blatter's personal situation, and the organization of Qatar's World Cup in 2022?

According to different FIFA officials and spokesman, the election, where Blatter is expected to win by a large margin, won't be pushed forward, and nothing has changed.

Walter de Gregorio, chief communications officer for FIFA, said this morning that "we welcome this investigation... FIFA is the victim here". This also means that Blatter is not a target of the investigation for now. But Kelly T. Currie, one of the prosecutors in this morning's press conference, promised that the investigation will continue, putting a question mark on future arrests.

And why is the U.S. government involved? Legislation in the U.S. is particularly though when it comes to bribery and other financial crimes. If the briberies took place in U.S. soil, or if an American bank was part of the operation at any particular time, then the FBI wants to know.

Will FIFA retaliate? It seems unlikely in a case of this magnitude. But FIFA's rule book establishes that any government involvement in its own country's soccer federation will result in heavy sanctions, including indefinite suspension of said federation from playing any FIFA organized tournament.

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