WATCH LIVE: U.S. Justice Department discusses FIFA corruption arrests, indictments

By SI Wire
May 27, 2015


The United States Justice Department, led by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, will detail its federal investigation concerning corruption in FIFA, the world’s governing soccer body, on Wednesday morning in Brooklyn, N.Y., at 10:30 a.m. ET. will have a live stream of the press conference in this post once the press conference begins. 

Fourteen people, including current CONCACAF president and FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, former CONCACAF president Jack Warner, will be charged when a 47-count indictment is unsealed at Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday.

Four individuals and two corporate defendants have already pleaded guilty to charges.

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FIFA says president Sepp Blatter is not involved in the corruption scandal and that it doesn't plan to re-vote on the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The Justice Department said that the defendants are charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies in a two-decade scheme to make themselves rich "through the corruption of international soccer."

Swiss federal prosecutors opened separate criminal proceedings relating to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were won by Russia and Qatar.

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