NASL suspends ties with Davidson, Traffic Sports after FIFA probe
NASL has suspended chairperson Aaron Davidson, named commissioner Bill Peterson acting chairperson in his place and suspended business activities with Traffic Sports in light of the FBI's investigation into FIFA corruption and the indictment that was unsealed Wednesday.
Davidson, the president of Traffic Sports, and the company are both implicated in the indictment in regards to bribery:
The second-tier U.S. league said in a statement:
In light of the ongoing investigation announced by the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday, the North American Soccer League's Board of Governors has suspended Chairperson Aaron Davidson, along with all business activities between the league and Traffic Sports, effective immediately. Commissioner Bill Peterson will serve as acting Chairperson.
The Carolina RailHawks, the sole NASL club owned by Traffic Sports, will continue to operate in the ordinary course of business. The club's management team will continue to manage the day-to-day operations.
Traffic has been heavily involved with CONCACAF, securing marketing rights to various tournaments and matches, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup.