Last Week Tonight was off the air last weekend, which gave its writers plenty of time to write a blistering takedown of one of their favorite subjects: FIFA.
While John Oliver’s staff undoubtedly had a different episode planned for Sunday, on Wednesday the United States Department of Justice unleashed a 47-count indictment that charged nine officials at the soccer body and five sports marketing executives with racketing, wire fraud and money-laundering. In the wake of the scandal, Oliver could not resist taking another poke at FIFA, a.k.a. “the organization that sounds the most like the name of a purse dog.”
Oliver’s dislike for the organization is well-established after he slammed them on an episode before last year’s World Cup. (You can—and should— watch the episode here.)
The HBO host could barely contain his glee as he discussed the scandal and encouraged the audience to read the actual FIFA indictment, which includes memorable quotes that lay bare the scandalous behavior of soccer’s governing body.
But, for Oliver, the most surprising aspect of the arrest was that it was the United States who spearheaded it. In Oliver’s word, that’s like “finding out that Ke$ha arrested a group of bankers involved in commodities fraud.”