Cape Town - On Wednesday nine FIFA officials and five others were indicted on corruption charges by the United States attorney’s office.
The charges relate to schemes that took place over 24 years and include racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.
Early on Wednesday morning Swiss police, under the request of US authorities, arrested seven of the nine Fifa officials at their hotel in Geneva, including Fifa vice-president Jeffrey Webb.
The accused were quickly ushered by police into awaiting vehicles, their identities hidden by a sheet.
Police also raided the Fifa headquarters, seizing documents relating to another separate criminal probe related to the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. South Africa’s 2010 World Cup allocation is also in the spotlight.
The New York Times broke the story at 5.50am and stated that the officials could face extradition to the US.
Soon social media was abuzz with the “beautiful game’s” not so beautiful scandal and with that the memes poured in: