Report: FIFA officials could face expulsion if they refuse to cooperate

Sunday August 16th, 2015

FIFA executives could face expulsion if they refuse to cooperate with the United States' Department of Justice investigation into corruption within the organization, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The officials have also been informed that a refusal to cooperate “could expose them to increased scrutiny from U.S. authorities” who are involved in the investigation, according to the WSJ.

Lawyers from the firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan are seeking testimony from “dozens” of current and former FIFA officials, including UEFA president Michel Platini and former committee member Chung Mong-Joon, according to the report.

In May, the United States Justice Department indicted and charged 14 current and former FIFA officials and business partners with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, accusing them of decades of "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption.

• Indicted FIFA executive Julio Rocha agrees to extradition to Nicaragua

Last month, FIFA banned former executive committee member Chuck Blazer for life after he admitted to bribes related to World Cup bids. He previously pleaded guilty to 10 counts, including six counts of income tax evasion and one count each of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and willful failure to file a report of foreign bank and financial accounts.

A FIFA spokesman told the WSJ that it is cooperating with the investigation.

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