Soccer leaders at South America’s Copa America are trying to find a way to pay prize money owed to competing teams after the event rights holder had its accounts frozen following a U.S. corruption probe.
South American soccer governing body Conmebol said it hasn’t been paid $45 million of the $80 million contract by rights holder Datisa after the company’s founding partners were charged in a sprawling U.S. indictment that alleges corruption in global soccer dating back more than two decades.
The quarterfinals of the 12-nation event kickoff tomorrow and the eight remaining teams are due to receive $750,000 each by the end of the week. The 12 teams that began the tournament have already received $1 million each, said Conmebol Treasurer and Bolivian soccer head Carlos Chavez.
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