New York (AFP)
The United States Department of Justice has confirmed that the International Football Association “FIFA”, the Confederation of South America “CONMEBOL” and CONCACAF “North, Central America and the Caribbean” for the game and several national federations, an additional fee of $92 million , in addition to the 201 million it announced in August for violations committed by former Global Game officials.
The federal prosecutor’s office in Brooklyn, New York, announced in a statement, “an additional payment of approximately $92 million to offset losses incurred by FIFA, the World Football Association, CONCACAF, the Confederation of American Football and various national football associations, referred to as +Victims +”.
Brooklyn Attorney General Bryon Pace praised the move, which “demonstrates our commitment to returning the money we have obtained through corruption and fraud, which will be reused for the benefit of the sport,” noting that the US judiciary pursued in the context of the scandals of the International Federation + FIFA Gate + “more than 50 people naturally and legally from 20 countries.
The first spark of the corruption case erupted in May 2015 with the arrest of seven world football leaders in Zurich, which led a few months later to the departure of Swiss president Joseph Blatter, FIFA president since 1998, to be succeeded. by his compatriot Gianni Infantino.
The scandal revolved around the system of bribery and “extortion” organized by football officials in South and Central America in exchange for granting television rights to leagues, including the Copa America.
The “FIFA” scandals have resulted in a nine-year prison term for the former president of “CONMEBOL” Paraguayan Juan Angel Napout and up to four years for the former president of the Brazilian Federation, Jose Maria Marin.