The previous year gave us a lot of things to think and talk about, especially in the field of soccer. There was a footballer blackmailing his teammate, a number of FIFA officials charged with corruption, and lots of unclear situations that have changed the world of soccer. SportDailyTimes will remind you about the most shocking scandals involving football players, coaches, world famous teams, and organizations.
Corruption crisis in FIFA
It will be very hard to find at least one newspaper that did not pay at least some attention to the story of FIFA officials arrested in Zürich last spring. Seven FIFA officials were charged with corruption and arrested by Swiss police. Alongside that scandal, FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter was accused of paying $2 million to Michele Platini back in 2011. At the end of December 2015, FIFA Ethics Committee announced that both Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter are banned from all football-related activities for eight years.
French soccer sex scandal
For French soccer players and fans, 2015 was rich with both shocking and disappointing news. Last summer, a French soccer player Mathieu Valbuena made a statement about somebody blackmailing him and demanding to pay a large amount of money. If the player disagreed to follow the blackmailers’ requirements, they were going to reveal a sex tape with Valbuena on it just before the upcoming EURO 2016 Championship.
Unfortunately for the blackmailers, the French footballer went to the police and told the officers about a blackmail. In November, Valbuena’s teammate from the French National Team Karim Benzema was placed under a formal judicial investigation. Although the athlete claims that he is completely innocent, there are a few facts that allow us to believe otherwise. In the case with that footballer, blackmail is not the only scandal he was involved in recent years. Along with blackmailing his colleague, Benzema is suspected of being involved in trafficking substances that are extremely dangerous and completely out of the law, rather than some kind of the footballer drugs that may be used as a medicine or a doping. Supposedly, Karim Benzema was close to a few people who were trying to organize cocaine traffic from Ecuador and Dominican Republic to Europe.
What is next?
Apparently, this year will give us even more headlines to talk about. The biggest corruption scandal in the FIFA history is not over yet, just like the case of Karim Benzema. Not to mention a number of the large soccer events coming this year, including UERO 2016 in France, Copa America 2016 Centenario in the U.S., and the Olympic Football Tournaments in Rio. Subscribe and follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and you will not miss the most intriguing news from the world of sports.