U.S. President Barack Obama says the U.S. wants to make sure world soccer is conducted in an ''upright manner'' and that FIFA acts with ''transparency and accountability''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (No reporter narration) STORY: President Barack Obama on Monday (June 8) made his first comments on the scandal enveloping soccer's governing body, saying the sport is a "massive business" that needs to be run with integrity. "In conversations I've had here in Europe, people think it is very important for FIFA to be able to operate with integrity and transparency and accountability," Obama told reporters at a news conference after the G7 summit in Germany. Obama said he could not comment directly on the FBI's investigation into bribery and corruption at FIFA. But he said soccer was not only a game but a business and "a source of incredible national pride," and that the United States wanted "to make sure that a sport that's gaining popularity is conducted in an upright manner."