Russia and Qatar are said to have paid bribes for votes in the process that allowed them to win the organization of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, respectively, according to a document produced by a prosecutor. Brooklyn going in this direction.
The document, presented by federal prosecutors in New York as part of the lengthy investigation into corruption surrounding the governing body of football, states that several former members of the FIFA executive committee have been offered bribes regarding their votes.
Also according to the document, it would be Ricardo Teixeira, the former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, the former president of COMNEBOL, now deceased, Nicolas Leoz and a co-conspirator who made sure to guarantee their votes for the two worlds.
Former FIFA vice president and former CONCACAF president Jack Warner is accused of being promised and receiving payments totaling $ 5 million to vote for Russia in 2018.
Rafael Salguero, the former Guatemalan football chief who admitted accepting a bribe in exchange for his vote at the 2018 World Cup, was allegedly promised a bribe of $ 1 million for the vote for Russia.
US indictment published tonight says in black and white FIFA execs were PAID BRIBES to vote for RUSSIA and QATAR World Cups. pic.twitter.com/4KYNbHFMNm
— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) April 6, 2020
In addition, two former 21st Century Fox executives, Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez have been charged by the United States Department of Justice with charges of paying bribes for the purpose of obtaining confidential information about the auctions during of the sale by FIFA of the American television rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
In the indictment, which was rendered by a grand jury on March 18, Lopez and Martinez are accused of having teamed up with Full Play to pay millions of dollars in bribes to CONMEBOL officials in exchange for rights to the Copa Libertadores.
According to the Department of Justice, the indictment includes charges of wire fraud and money laundering.
“Profits and kickbacks in international football have been deeply entrenched and known for decades,” said William F. Sweeney Jr., deputy director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, in a press release, which adds:
“Their plans included the use of shell companies, dummy consulting contracts, and other cover-ups to hide bribes and bribe payments and make them appear legitimate.”
Since the Fifa scandal broke out in 2015, the United States government has accused a total of 45 people and various sports companies of more than 90 crimes and of having paid or accepted more than $ 200 million in bribes.
Of the 45 accused, five died. A total of 22 have pleaded guilty, of which only six have been convicted to date.