The bribery and corruption scandal that toppled FIFA President Sepp Blatter involved the global soccer organization’s decisions on who should host at least two World Cups, in addition to millions of dollars’ worth of television and marketing contracts, according to federal court documents unsealed Wednesday.
Federal prosecutors last week announced the indictments of nine of the most powerful executives in world soccer, along with four sports marketing executives and an accused intermediary. At the time, they outlined an alleged two-decade conspiracy in which the sports marketing executives paid the FIFA executives more than $150 million in kickbacks and bribes in exchange for rights to televise soccer tournaments.
One of those indicted was Chuck Blazer, an American who was general secretary of the confederation of soccer-playing nations in North and Central America and the Caribbean — CONCACAF, which includes the U.S. — and a powerful member of FIFA’s ruling executive committee.
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