FIFA Bribery Scandal & Potential For Private Lawsuits

FIFA Bribery Scandal & Potential For Private Lawsuits

On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced a 47-count indictment charging nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives with a vast, 24-year scheme to “enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer.” Soccer officials solicited and received over $150 million in bribes from sports marketing companies in return for lucrative marketing rights — including television and radio broadcasting rights, advertising rights, sponsorship rights, licensing rights, hospitality rights, and ticketing rights — to FIFA events and matches.

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