El Presidente: The FIFA scandal and the ugly side of the beautiful game
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
‘El President’ unfolds from the perspective of the former head of Chilean soccer, Sergio Jadue. Who became a lead for the investigation of one of the biggest scams in the world of football. The series reveals that it’s based on a real-life FIFA scandal, its key players, and of course, Sergio’s involvement with it.
El Presidente’ is based on the true story of 2015 Fifa corruption scandal, which was later dubbed as FIFA Gate. It features Sepp Blatter giving a speech. That’s when a man rushes there and tosses a suitcase full of cash to expose the organization’s corruption.
Sepp Blatter in the above-mentioned scene was the Swiss head of Fifa in 2015. Michel Platini, the French UEFA president, was another key figure in the FIFA scandal that is depicted in the series. After the U.S. Justice Department carried out a detailed investigation, they discovered that the two powerful figures have defied the ethics of the sports committee. And. both of them were completely banned from the sport and all of their power was stripped.
Jadue, did hold much authority in the committee. He later became an FBI Informant for the FIFA scandal. It also claims that after several officials of the FIFA committee were accused of corruption, Sergio Jadue resigned from his position as the Chilean soccer president and left for the US.
The investigation also revealed that over $150 million in bribes and kickbacks were solicited and received by them in the negotiation of several unlawful acts. Sergio himself pled guilty of accepting bribes from sports marketing firms, which he gave contracts to market international tournaments.
The series reveals that Qatar bribed its way in 2010 to become the organizer of the FIFA world cup in 2022. However, according to The Guardian, Qatar later dismissed it as a baseless allegation.