Las Vegas Mob Museum to Host Exhibition Dedicated to FIFA Scandal

Photo: themobmuseum.org.
Photo: themobmuseum.org.

Photo: themobmuseum.org.

The Mob Museum, dedicated to documenting the history of organized crime and law enforcement in the United States, is opening up a permanent exhibition on the FIFA scandal that erupted this past May.

Only a few months ago the world of international soccer was turned upside down when 14 top-ranking officials and executives were charged with racketeering by US and Swiss authorities, who accused the group of receiving $150 million in bribes and kickbacks.

Titled “The ‘Beautiful Game’ Turns Ugly,” the show will feature photos, media clippings, and narratives involving accusations of bribes and other criminal activity within the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. It opens on September 1.

Sepp Blatter. Photo: independent.co.uk.

Sepp Blatter.
Photo: independent.co.uk.

“This exhibit is ripped right from today’s headlines about the globe’s most popular sport,”  Jonathan Ullman, executive director of the Mob Museum, said in a press release. “To our growing number of visitors from places like the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil and Italy, the FIFA scandal provides an especially resonant example of the different shapes organized crime can take.”

In a state people tend to visit for bachelor parties or shotgun weddings, it’s no surprise the Mob Museum also offers willing participants to hold their nuptials there for an overnight event called “Sleeping with the Mob.”

Up to 50 guests can attend a wedding ceremony, followed by cocktails, a courtroom screening of “Casino,” a midnight scavenger hunt, and the grand finale: a courtroom slumber party.

The museum, which opened its doors in 2012, was founded by former Las Vegas mayor and mob defense attorney Oscar Goodman.


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