VOA慢速英语(翻译+字幕+讲解):布拉特连任国际足联主席
日期:2015-06-02 10:33

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Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president, while people around the world called for him to resign. The soccer organization has been rocked this week by arrests and corruption charges.

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The 65th FIFA annual congress took place in Zurich, Switzerland. It is the same city where U.S. and Swiss authorities arrested senior FIFA officials at their luxury hotel two days ago.

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The voting went beyond the first round before Mr. Blatter's only opponent, Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan, gave up and said Mr. Blatter had won. The U.S. and European organizations backed Prince Ali and had called for change at the top of FIFA.

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The 79-year-old Mr. Blatter has been the leader of FIFA since 1998. Several current vice-presidents under Mr. Blatter are among the 14 officials charged with corruption. The U.S. government says the crimes date back 24 years. Mr. Blatter says he did not do anything wrong, and he has not been charged with any crimes.

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After winning the vote, Mr. Blatter said, "I am not perfect, nobody is perfect." He added that he "takes the responsibility to bring back FIFA."

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Calls for Blatter to step down

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In Berlin before the vote, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron called for Mr. Blatter to step down, saying "the sooner that happens the better." Mr. Cameron said, "you cannot have accusations of corruption at this level and on this scale in this organization and pretend that the person currently leading it is the right person to take it forward."

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Two major European football associations also had called on Mr. Blatter to resign before Friday's election. But he refused to do so. Instead, Mr. Blatter called for unity among the FIFA members and he promised to work to overcome the group's problems if he is re-elected.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the U.S. corruption case. In televised comments he said that the case is an attempt by the U.S. to spread its legal control to other countries. American law says that if some part of the crime took place in the United States, then U.S. officials can arrest foreign citizens involved in those crimes.

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Mr. Putin also said it was an "obvious attempt" by the U.S. to prevent Mr. Blatter's reelection as FIFA president. Russia supports Mr. Blatter as head of FIFA.

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More investigations on FIFA ahead

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The U.S. Justice Department charged 14 people with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering, among other offenses. All of these crimes, officials say go back to 1991. The defendants are alleged to have paid well over $150 million in bribes and kickbacks. They made those payments so they could get media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments.

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In addition to the U.S. case, Swiss authorities are conducting a separate investigation. They are looking into charges connected to the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

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Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas spoke to the German daily Bild on Friday. He said those World Cup decisions can't stand if it turns out that votes were bought. Qatar said its bid for the World Cup was done with "integrity."

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Britain's Serious Fraud Office said Friday it is examining information about possible corruption at FIFA. But it has not begun a formal criminal investigation. The United Nations is reviewing its partnerships with FIFA following the corruption reports, a U.N. spokesman said Thursday.

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Businesses to review sponsorships

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Meanwhile, business sponsors are saying they might pull their support of the soccer organization. The credit card company Visa issued a statement expressing "profound" disappointment. Without reforms, Visa said, the company would look at its sponsorship of FIFA.

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Coca-Cola said it has repeatedly expressed concerns about the allegations. It said it expects FIFA to thoroughly examine the issues. Adidas called on the soccer organization to "follow transparent compliance standards in everything they do." Budweiser and McDonald's also are reconsidering their sponsorships.

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词汇解释

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1.opponent n. 对手;反对者;敌手 adj. 对立的;敌对的

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She bowled out her opponent.
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2.racketeering v. 敲诈(racketeer的ing形式);对…进行勒索

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Edwards was indicted on racketeering charges but never convicted.
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3.kickback n. 回扣,佣金;强烈反应;退回赃物

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Everyone at City Hall is receiving kickbacks. It's the only way to get anything done there.
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4.compliance n. 顺从,服从;承诺

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Inspectors were sent to visit nuclear sites and verify compliance with the treaty.
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内容解析

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1.All of these crimes, officials say go back to 1991.

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go back to 回去,返回;追溯到

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Let me just go back to the point I was making.
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I now look forward to going back to work as soon as possible.
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2.He said those World Cup decisions can't stand if it turns out that votes were bought.

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turn out 结果为;被发现是;关掉

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I was positive things were going to turn out fine.
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Cosgrave's forecast turned out to be completely wrong.
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参考译文

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尽管全世界都在要求他辞职,但塞普·布拉特还是获得了国际足联第五任期,本周该足球组织受到逮捕事件和腐败指控的冲击&2wGRjw8tox

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第65届国际足联年度大会在瑞士苏黎世举行,就在这个城市,两天前,美国和瑞士当局在豪华酒店逮捕了国际足联的高级官员g3HRaIdm_)Mx4

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这次投票超出了第一轮投票,然后布拉特的主要对手、约旦阿里王子宣布退出,表示布拉特已经胜出OPHRxo+qB5@.Xe。美国和欧洲的组织支持阿里王子,并呼吁国际足联高层进行变革l8W93;C=yl

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79岁的布拉特自1998年以来就是国际足联主席,布拉特领导下的几名现任副主席等14名官员被控以腐败罪1hR_Lfh2aqADeh。美国政府称这些罪行可以追溯到24年前,布拉特称自己没有任何过错,他尚未被控以任何罪行!^N@vxI,5x=ig-,!

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在赢得投票后,布拉特说,“我并不完美,没有人是完美的”8qlgICbcyi;S2Pk)An6C。他还说自己“有责任使国际足联恢复正常”Dn.B3ZU*h2fwXaxW

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投票之前,英国首相戴维·卡梅伦在柏林呼吁布拉特辞职,称“越早越好”4p#vdJHMN&C。卡梅伦称,“国际足联的腐败程度和规模如此严重,就不可能假装领导该组织的人能继续胜任C;6C9AY7AI89gYqCrDK。”

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在周五选举之前,欧洲两大足球协会也要求布拉特辞职,但他拒绝这么做C4^rOSCa&w[Moih]CP]x。相反,布拉特呼吁国际足联成员保持团结,他承诺一旦再次当选,就会努力解决该组织的问题dYXzGA0wae2_hjfp

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俄罗斯总统弗拉基米尔·普京批评美国的腐败案,他在电视讲话中说,此案是美国在企图将其法律控制权伸到其他国家gm2O%umq-im1。美国法律规定,一旦有案件的部分罪行发生在美国,那么美国官方就能逮捕涉入此案的外国人[)XGaZUA#k*rfY-_J

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普京还说,这显然是美国在企图阻止布拉特再度当选国际足联主席,俄罗斯支持布拉特担任国际足联主席A%ca%JJGd^-use)wd

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美国司法部指控14人涉嫌勒索、电信诈骗和洗钱等罪行,官方称所有这些罪行都可追溯到1991年,被告被控支付超过1.5亿美元的贿赂和回扣,这样做就可以在国际足球赛事中获得媒体和营销权z6Xibh_BDiN(Mx3,(5

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除了美国的案件外,瑞士当局也在进行独立调查,目前正在调查与俄罗斯和卡塔尔分别获得2018年和2022年世界杯举办权有关的事宜J5Jx0FDWtnRkR!ju

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德国司法部长海科·马斯周五在接受德国图片报的采访时说,如果结果表明存在选票贿赂,那么世界杯的决定就不成立r1vN_K-n|^S8KL!yor。卡塔尔称是通过诚信手段赢得世界杯举办权的YDlyJNKCXq.Pq6!

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英国严重欺诈办公室周五表示正在调查有关国际足联可能腐败的信息,但尚未进行正式的刑事调查GH*(I[FZeAx。联合国发言人周四表示,在腐败报道出现后,联合国正重审与国际足联的伙伴关系]leUjAj6f~Acwm,^

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同时,商业赞助商称可能会撤销对该足球组织的支持,信用卡公司VISA发布声明表示极度失望M6TNy7Ra9BD。VISA表示,如果不进行改革,公司可能会考虑其对国际足联的赞助WbE+B&|&,[K^o1tT(ZH

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可口可乐称其多次表示对这些指控的担忧,称希望国际足联能彻底检讨这些问题R%H)Vc&U_0^KPmeJ_B0。阿迪达斯呼吁该足球组织“在做任何事时都要遵从透明遵从性标准”YI7gkw|gt@O-Kw。百威和麦当劳也在考虑其赞助事宜5G_h57oHhBiQ3eNXDsD

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