Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has hailed the US Justice Department’s involvement in the Fifa corruption scandal, saying that Europe ‘didn’t do anything’ to stop it.
Sepp Blatter was controversially re-elected FIFA president last Friday to cap a week that saw 14 officials arrested from world football’s governing body following a £65 million corruption probe led by the US Justice Department into alleged bribes paid over 25 years, as per the London Evening Standard.
More scandal erupted on Tuesday with FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke involved in an alleged $10million (£6.5million) bribery payment, as per the Guardian, after a letter emerged regarding a transaction that was addressed to him, before Blatter then announced his decision to step down from his post.
Meanwhile, Nasri, who is currently enjoying a break away in Los Angeles, was quizzed about the scandal.
“Seriously? Everyone knew about it,” Nasri told TMZ Sports. “Everyone knew FIFA was a little bit corrupt.
“At the end of the day, it is a good thing what the American's did."
The former Arsenal midfielder also went on the praise the US Justice Department for their work and believes they need to keep hacking away at FIFA.
“We needed the United States to be involved, because in Europe they didn't do anything and it's been a long time we've been talking about it.”
Nasri has never been afraid to speak his mind. After the European Championship quarter-finals in 2012, in which France lost to Spain, the current Manchester City star subjected a reporter to what was described as a "foul-mouthed tirade," as per Goal, when asked for his views on the match. The French Football Federation then imposed a three-match international ban, as per the BBC.