The FIFA corruption scandal, which has links to the Cayman Islands, fits right in with the ranks of notorious mobsters and gangster-hunting “G-men” featured at the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The museum, heralded for chronicling organized crime and law enforcement, particularly the FBI, unveiled the temporary exhibit, “The Beautiful Game Turns Ugly” on Sept. 1.
It features a glass case with photos of principals Sepp Blatter, the suspended FIFA president (referred to in the exhibit as “The boss of bosses”), and general secretary Chuck Blazer, who are accused of acting improperly in executing their offices, plus Jack Warner (“Indicted and duped”) of Trinidad and Tobago, former FIFA vice president and CONCACAF president whom FIFA has banned for life.
Also featured are the “Qatar controversies,” regarding the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar in 2022, and “The journalist who broke the story,” a nod to Andrew Jennings of the U.K.
Through photographs, media stories and narrative, the exhibit follows the path of the investigation launched in 2014 by the FBI and the IRS, and the subsequent indictments handed down by the U.S. Attorney General.
Cayman Islands businessman Jeffrey Webb, the former FIFA vice president who was among 14 who were indicted, is not featured in the display.
The museum’s exhibit “gives a breakdown of the kickbacks, secrecy and match-fixing associated with the scandal,” according to a press release, and also includes a display of newspaper headlines from around the world.
On average, between 28,000 and 30,000 people come through the museum per month, according to the Mob Museum. Since September, they would have had the opportunity to see the display as they entered a first floor hall of shame, featuring such exhibits as “Wiretaps, Bugs and Surveillance,” “The Once and Future Mob,” “Rackets Around the World” and “Hollywood and the Mob.”
The progressive self-guided tour starts on the top floor of the landmark three-story building and works its way down.
“Feedback has been overwhelmingly wonderful. We have had great media exposure both nationally and internationally and guests are truly happy we have something that is so relevant and timely,” said Ashley Misko, the museum’s director of marketing and public relations.
The exhibit runs until about mid-March 2016. For information, visit www.themobmuseum.org.