Has the US lost its appetite to police the world’s football corruption?

March 13 – Concerns that football’s worst ever corruption crisis may no longer be a priority under the Trump administration have been heightened by the resignation of Robert L Capers, among 46 United States Attorneys who have stepped down on the orders of new Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Capers was US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and the chief federal law enforcement officer in five New York counties including Brooklyn where the majority of court proceedings concerning those indicted have taken place.

Capers’s predecessor was Loretta Lynch who went on to become US attorney general and who has now been replaced herself. It was Lynch whose stunning raft of corruption-linked indictments plunged world football into disgrace and brought down a raft of senior personnel.

The first sentences of those who have pleaded guilty are scheduled to be handed down in June with many facing long jail terms.

In a statement Capers said: “I was instructed to resign my position as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, effective March 10, 2017.

“It has been my greatest honor to serve my country, New York City and the people of this district for almost 14 years.”

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