The governing body of world football, FIFA, will receive an amount of 201 million dollars from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) after a global corruption investigation was carried out. More than 50 corrupt soccer administrators, who were found guilty, have been convicted on criminal charges.
The Justice Department on Tuesday announced that it will transfer funds of $ 201 million to FIFA. The funds were confiscated from corrupt soccer officials after the Justice Department conducted a global corruption investigation.
More than 50 defendants have been criminally charged by the Justice Department, as 27 individuals and four corporate entities pleaded guilty to the charges, and two more parties were convicted after the trial. The DOJ also announced that $ 32.3 million of the seized funds were approved for distribution to FIFA and other constituent national soccer federations. Federations such as Concacaf, the confederation responsible for soccer in North and Central America, and Conmebol, which represents soccer in South America, must receive payments.
“Today’s announcement confirms that money stolen by corrupt soccer officials and sports marketing executives through fraud and greed will be returned to where it belongs and will be used to benefit the sport,” said the Acting US Attorney for the Eastern District. from New York, Jacquelyn M Kasulis. in a statement, it informed The Guardian.
The deputy director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, Michael J. Driscoll, added that none of the defendants showed any remorse for the damage they inflicted on the sport of soccer.
“Kickbacks and kickbacks have a way of spreading like a disease through corrupt groups; greed outright keeps the graft going, ”said Michael J. Driscoll.
No official in this investigation appeared to care about the damage being done to a sport that millions of people around the world revere. The only silver lining is that the money will now help underprivileged people who need it, not rich executives who just wanted to get richer. “
“Our work is not done, and our promise to those who love the game: we will not give up until everyone sees justice for what they have done.”