Nike is pushing back against media reports that have linked the company to the unfolding FIFA scandal.
The marketer was not named in the the 47-count federal indictment the U.S. government issued Wednesday that alleges a vast corruption scheme, including kickbacks and bribes related to marketing rights deals. But Nike has been under a cloud of suspicion as potentially being the unamed sportswear company allegedly involved in a bribery scheme related to a sponsorship deal for the Brazilian national soccer federation.
In a statement issued late Thursday, Nike said: “The charging documents unsealed [Wednesday] in Brooklyn do not allege that Nike engaged in criminal conduct. There is no allegation in the charging documents that any Nike employee was aware of or knowingly participated in any bribery or kickback scheme.”
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