Argentina soccer great Maradona delights in FIFA graft probe

May 27, 2015 22:51

Diego Maradona, one of soccer's most gifted players, said he was "enjoying" the spectacle of several of the world governing body's top officials charged with corruption after US and Swiss authorities announced investigations on Wednesday.

Maradona, a World Cup winner in 1986 with Argentina and whose career was blighted by drug addiction and alcoholism, said it was time for FIFA to stop peddling lies and confront the truth.

"They called me mad, but thankfully today the truth is out and I am enjoying it," Maradona told Argentine radio station La Red.

US authorities announced nine soccer officials and five sports media and promotions executives were indicted on charges involving more than $150 million in bribes. The probe exposed a web of complex money laundering schemes, prosecutors said. Swiss authorities arrested seven people.

Those detained did not include FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, with whom Maradona has frequently clashed and previously accused of running the organization like a mafia.

"They hate soccer. They hate transparency. Enough shady dealings. Enough lying to the people," Maradona railed.

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