Jon Stewart Blasts 24 Years of FIFA Corruption that “Started a Jennifer Lawrence Ago”

“For years, and I say this with all due respect, American soccer fans have stood by while the media obsesses over other sports crimes and scandals,” Jon Stewart said on “The Daily Show” Wednesday. “Well now finally, soccer is getting its perp walk.”

Stewart was, of course, addressing this week’s stunning FIFA indictments that have sent shockwaves within the international sports community over allegations of routine corruption and kickbacks by FIFA’s top officials.

“FIFA is so bad they got arrested by the SWISS, a country whose official policy on Nazi gold was ‘We’ll allow it,'” he explained.

But such allegations are far from new. Stewart went on to question why investigators took 24 years—or as he put it into perspective a, “Jennifer Lawrence ago”—to finally crack down on officials.

As for big banks long dogged by corruption allegations, Stewart says we may have to wait another 24 years for the Justice Department to start doing something—anything!—to punish shady bankers.

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