FIFA, the multi-tentacled murky organization that has held the world of soccer in a firm grip, had its head cut off this week.
Sepp Blatter, its 79-year-old president who appeared invincible, resigned late Tuesday just four days after declaring only he could lead FIFA.
On Wednesday, Interpol, the international policing organization, issued red notices, or international wanted persons alert, for six soccer officials. Two of them are former FIFA executive committee members: Jack Warner, one time head of the Americas confederation; and Nicolás Leoz, the former head of Conmebol, the South American confederation. The four other executives have links to Argentina and Brazil.
The red notices are Interpol’s way of informing countries that an arrest warrant has been issued in one of its member countries, and that it is seeking to locate and arrest the people named.
The notices also signal continued pressure by U.S. authorities on FIFA and Mr. Blatter.
Until now, Mr. Blatter has shown an amazing ability to cling to power, but he met his match in Loretta Lynch, the newly appointed attorney general who decided to make soccer corruption her first big target.
In a hastily convened press conference, a few hours after the New York Times reported that his closest lieutenant, Jerome Valcke, had signed off a $10 million, or €9.07 million, payment at the heart of the U.S. investigation into corruption, Mr. Blatter resigned.