Early this morning a 47-count indictment was unsealed in a federal court in Brooklyn, charging FIFA with massive counts
Charges against the governing body of international soccer, were announced by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, who tho
recently appointed to the position, has been working the case for more than 3 years. Citing gross misconducts of racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering, for more than 24 years, Lynch said the corruption within FIFA is quote “rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted”.
A total of 14 defendants were named, including 9 high ranking FIFA officials and 5 corporate executives who agreed to pay hundreds of millions of U.S dollars in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for lucrative media and marketing sponsorship rights to international soccer tournaments.
As the indictment was being announced, 7 of the 14 accused were being arrested in Zurich Switzerland, 2 of them current FIFA Vice presidents. A search warrant was executed at CONCACAF headquarters in Miami, were electronic data and documents were seized, and authorities say they also intend to interview up to 10 FIFA executive committee members who took part in the World Cup votes in December 2010.
Trinidad & Tobago’s Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, former president of CONCACAF and current president of the Caribbean Football Union, is listed high among the 9 FIFA officials. Under Warner’s rule while based in New York, it is alleged that FIFA also did not paid taxes for several years and that he left FIFA and CONCACAF in 2011 to avoid sanctions in a $100 million US bribery case.
The guilty pleas of the four individual and two corporate defendants that were also unsealed today include those of Warner’s two sons, Daryan Warner and Daryll Warner, who were also named in the investigation involving a deal with a Brazilian sports company worth $151 million dollars U.S. They face a maximum of 20 years.