May 28, 2015 8:08 AM

Many in local soccer community not surprised by FIFA charges

Players on Seacoast United dream of playing soccer at an elite level, which might explain why some can't believe the level of corruption soccer's top governing body is accused of.

"You shouldn't be taking money for something that's a blessing to be involved in," said Seacoast United player Dominic Coleman.

A feeling echoed by Robert Dowling, whose son also plays soccer.

"It's too bad that there's a ruling elite who are taking advantage of their power to gain personally and I think that's wrong," said Dowling.

Corruption rumors have been rampant in the sport for years. This week the hammer came down on several FIFA officials when they were arrested in Zurich. From taking bribes and kickbacks to money laundering and racketeering charges, it's enough to make some fans wonder how the sport will recover.

"Who do you trust out of anybody is the people who run the whole thing and if you can't trust them who do you have," said soccer fan Craig Rayno.

A scandal that some hope leads to changes at FIFA.

"It's time for a change in FIFA. I guess it's good that it's finally all coming out of whatever is coming out," said Coleman.

This may only be the beginning. Authorities say their investigation is ongoing and could lead to more charges.


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