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FIFA Took Bribes For 2010 W’Cup – U.S. Officials

Posted: May 28, 2015 at 1:21 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

FIFA executives were alleged to have accepted bribes to help secure the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the United States Attorney-General Loretta Lynch has said.

She also alleged bribery was involved in FIFA’s 2011 presidential election and the 2016 Copa America tournament, due to take place in the U.S.

Jack Warner

Jack Warner

Seven sports officials were arrested in Switzerland on Thursday morning.

They are among 14 indicted on corruption charges, accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150 million (£97m) over a 24-year period.

FIFA executives “used their positions to solicit bribes,” said  Lynch. “They did this over and over, year after year, tournament after tournament.”

One of those indicted, former FIFA vice-president, Jack Warner, took $10 million in bribes from the South African government over the 2010 World Cup, the indictment alleged.

When details of the indictment first emerged, Warner said he was innocent and claimed “the actions of FIFA no longer concern me”.

The Swiss have  opened a separate investigation into the bidding process for the World Cup tournaments in 2018 in Russia and 2022 in Qatar.

Swiss police said they would question 10 FIFA executive committee members who participated in the votes that selected the two countries.

This is the “beginning, not the end, of the investigation”, Acting U.S. Attorney Kelly Currie said.