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The arrest and U.S. indictment of high-level officials of world soccer governing body FIFA and others has not only drawn media headlines across the globe.
It has also led to a slew of memes poking fun at FIFA, its boss, Sepp Blatter, who was not arrested and is not facing charges, and the U.S. interest in the soccer body. Quite a few memes include Hollywood references.
Here is a look at some of the memes that have been posted within a day of the early Wednesday morning arrests in Zurich, Switzerland:
FIFA Scandal: The Movie?
The Usual Suspects featured a group of stars. This reimagined poster features indicted FIFA officials. Will Kevin Spacey and Co. star in a possible movie on the scandal?
— Ivan Harrison (@ivanhapac) May 27, 2015
Blatter Gets the Video Game Treatment
EA Sports’ FIFA game franchise is one of the most popular in the world. The game’s 2015 edition features Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi on its cover, along with a different player in different parts of the world. For 2016, a popular new meme suggests the below.
The cover for the FIFA 16 game has been revealed! pic.twitter.com/diPyqLQMQh
— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) May 27, 2015
Buttering up Blatter
Well, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power isn’t quite cozying up to the FIFA boss with its tweet below.
FIFA officials arrested this morning. One thing I can’t quite get to grips with… pic.twitter.com/v5MPrS9ahH
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 27, 2015
The American Eagle Strikes
The U.S. was among the countries that bid for the soccer World Cup in 2022, which ended up going to emirate Qatar in a much-discussed decision. But now the legal eagles of the U.S. Department of Justice have set their eyes on FIFA.
— Keith (@KeithRusso) May 27, 2015
Is the Force With FIFA?
Darth Vader, Dr. Evil and others unite. Does FIFA include a bunch of baddies?
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) May 27, 2015
Team America: World Police
With the U.S. having shown rising interest in soccer and FIFA, who is the puppet master now!?
*wakes up* *checks twitter* FIFA officials arrested at the request of US authorities! pic.twitter.com/NLUy6uEqVj
— Bootifulgame (@bootifulgame) May 27, 2015
Mob Drama, Anyone?
And one more Hollywood reference that found its way into social media reactions to the FIFA scandal more than once.
— Publimetro Colombia (@PublimetroCol) May 27, 2015
— La Cuarta (@lacuarta) May 27, 2015
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