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FIFA spent $11.7 million in less than three years on private jets, including luxury sight-seeing trips for a top official, a newly published legal document shows. Jerome Valcke, then the …
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FIFA honcho grovels beforeOnce the most powerful man in Brazilian soccer, Jose Maria Marin was reduced to a tearful, groveling mess Wednesday as he begged a judge for his life — but the jurist still slapped the 86-year-old... with four years behind bars and millions in fines. Marin became so agitated in his appeal for leniency that Brooklyn...
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FIFA defends bans for 'false'Justifying an overhaul of its ethics code, FIFA asserted Tuesday that people who "tarnish the reputations of others" must be banned from soccer.
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FIFA has officially eradicated corruption. All it took was pressing the delete key. Soccer officials and players who bother checking out the new code of ethics governing their conduct will …
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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims to have "new facts" and wants to re-open the financial misconduct case that led to his six-year ban. "As new facts have appeared it's …
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Prosecutors read closingThree former international soccer honchos lined their pockets with millions of dollars in bribes from ­sports-media and marketing firms, federal prosecutors alleged in closing arguments at the... officials' Brooklyn federal corruption trial Wednesday. "[They] took money for themselves instead of putting the interests of the soccer organizations first," Assistant US Attorney Kristin Mace said. But...
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Report Into FIFA RaisesFIFA's chief ethics enforcer failed to disclose a friendship with Colombia's disgraced former soccer president, according to a report from one of Europe's ruling councils.
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A juror dismissed for sleeping during hearings. A defendant allegedly doing a throat-slitting gesture to intimidate a witness. A judge admonishing a defendant for taking a paper clip and a …
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Witness explains how bribesAn Argentinian accountant described on Wednesday how he handled the payment of millions of dollars in bribes to former South American soccer officials, including former FIFA vice-president Julio... Grondona, by using wire transfers, offshore accounts and money couriers.
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Nasser Al-Khelaifi DiscussedThe influential Qatari soccer executive accused of bribing FIFA's second in command negotiated to buy a sports company at the center of a federal corruption case.
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Debate at the FIFA Trial:Prosecutors argued that two apparent throat-slitting gestures made by a defendant were an attempt to intimidate. A defense lawyer said his client had to scratch his neck.
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FIFA Trial: Notable Moments From First 4 Days

The New York Times - 17 Nov 2017 01:24
FIFA Trial: Notable MomentsOn day four of the United States' corruption case focused on international soccer, a convicted businessman from Argentine testified against three former officials.
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FIFA Trial Opens WithThe federal government on Monday began presenting its case against the former top soccer officials from Brazil, Paraguay and Peru in federal court in Brooklyn.
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Former Guatemalan JudgeHector Trujillo, who pocketed $175,000 in bribes, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud charges
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The Princess, the PrivateThe Jordanian princess, whose brother twice lost bids for the FIFA presidency, has been discretely working with British investigators for more than a year to collect evidence of soccer corruption.
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Chuck Blazer, Central Figure in FIFA Scandal, Dies at 72

The New York Times - 13 Jul 2017 07:29
Chuck Blazer, Central FigureMr. Blazer was a gregarious American soccer official who pleaded guilty to a range of charges as part of a federal investigation.
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World Cup corruption claims:German newspaper Bild claims to have gained access to the full report, originally authored by Michael Garcia before his resignation from FIFA
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Sepp Blatter after the fall:David Conn has spent years writing about corruption at Fifa. When he was granted an audience with its deposed president over lunch in Zurich, he found there was more to the man than the arch-villain... of popular caricature In any account of the extraordinary rise and fall into corruption of football's world governing body, Fifa, since the landmark 1974 election of the Brazilian president João Havelange, Sepp Blatter has to be a central figure. His expulsion at the age of 79 by Fifa's ethics committee, terminating his fifth stint as president, was as precipitous as a fall can be: from being courted by prime ministers and presidents, to a ban from any activities relating to football. He is serving that ban still, for the 2m Swiss francs (£1.35m) payment in 2011 to Michel Platini, the former...
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FIFA Moves to Replace Ethics Committee Leaders

The New York Times - 10 May 2017 02:26
FIFA Moves to Replace EthicsThe departing judge, Hans-Joachim Eckert, and prosecutor, Cornel Borbely, decried the decision, saying removing them during investigations would lead to an "inevitable loss of trust" in FIFA.
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The specter of fresh corruption scandals hangs over the annual gathering of world soccer leaders, two years after the FIFA Congress was shaken by the exposure of far-reaching fraud. The …
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The former president of the Ecuadorean Soccer Federation was convicted of money laundering Friday and given a 10-year sentence in a case tied to the corruption scandal at FIFA, the …
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Costa Rican Soccer OfficialUnited States prosecutors announced the conviction of the 18th defendant, Eduardo Li, in the world-soccer corruption case. He faces up to 60 years in prison.
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The doormen at Zurich's Baur au Lac hotel can put away their white sheets. There will be no FIFA executives to shield while being dragged out of the hotel into …
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Fifa opens corruption case• Former secretary-general Markus Kattner also part of investigation• Ethics committee begins formal proceedings against trio The former Fifa president Sepp Blatter is facing another corruption... investigation after the ethics committee of world football's governing body announced it was opening proceedings against him and his key lieutenants Jérôme Valcke and Markus Kattner. The committee's investigatory chamber will investigate possible violations of Fifa's rule book that relate to bribery, conflicts of interest and general conduct, while Kattner faces a further charge related to a breach of confidentiality.
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Blatter in last fight against FIFA ban

Sport24 - 24 Aug 2016 07:21
Sepp Blatter will mount his final challenge against his six-year FIFA ban, following more than a year of scandal that saw him thrown out of football in disgrace.
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