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WATCH: Jon Stewart Slams FIFA For Corruption Charges

“To put this in perspective, this FIFA corruption started Jennifer Lawrence ago,” the comedian said on the latest episode of The Daily Show

By: Ashley Ramnarain

Published: May 29th, 2015 in Sports » Local

Photo: Jon Stewart on FIFA

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This past Wednesday, Jon Stewart took the time to address the various charges that Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is currently dealing with. If this were the actual FIFA World Cup, let’s just say Jon Stewart just earned himself a championship by default.

The scandal itself involves 14 corrupt officials faced with charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. To make matters even worse the aforementioned charges are all a result of conspiracies that have been around for at least Twenty-four years. Yeah, it’s that big.

“To put this in perspective, this FIFA corruption started Jennifer Lawrence ago,” Jon Stewart explained on The Daily Show.

While Stewart’s rant might not quite reach the level of John Oliver’s 13-minute anti-FIFA rant in 2014, he still manages to land a few burns. Utilizing wigs and a giant set of headphones, Stewart cast himself in the role of a FBI agent hot on the trail of FIFA corruption.

After a few jokes and jabs, Stewart took the time to reveal his thoughts on the American financial system - partly to blame for the whole fiasco.

“Americans may not watch soccer, but we will gladly — nay, enthusiastically — finance and launder its dirty, dirty money,” he mused.

With all corruption charges, however, it seems as though FIFA is staying right where it is, in Qatar, for 2022.

“Look,” Stewart said, regarding FIFA’s “moral principle” to not move the World Cup, “if there's one thing we pride ourselves on at FIFA, it's that when we get bribed, we stay bribed. It's a little something called integrity."

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