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The Monitor's View World soccer’s moment for reform

US indictments of FIFA officials is a welcome move to clean up the world’s most popular sport. Every dominant sports organization needs better integrity checks against a desire to make money over the need for fair and clean regulation of sport.

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During the ancient Olympics, if the organizers of a sport were caught breaking a rule, they were forced to offer a statue to Zeus. For today’s big sports organizations, many of which act like monopolies, an offense often brings an internal penalty or is simply swept under the rug. This culture of impunity was seriously challenged May 27. The United States indicted seven officials of soccer’s global governing body along with seven others for kickbacks and bribes.