FIFA evidence turned over to the United States by Swiss investigators

Wednesday December 30th, 2015

Swiss authorities have turned over bank documents from the FIFA corruption scandal to the United States’ investigation, according to the Associated Press.

“It relates to bank accounts allegedly used for bribes connected with the grant of marketing rights to soccer tournaments in Latin America and the USA,” the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said.

Several high-ranking soccer officials have been accused of corruption within FIFA ​and of accepting bribes from a sports marketing company named ISL. ISL reportedly bribed former FIFA president Joao Havelange.

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The Swiss authorities have frozen about $80 million in assets in 13 bank accounts that are under legal investigation.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter was banned eight years from the sport earlier this month in the most recent development in the corruption saga that has enveloped world soccer’s governing body. UEFA president Michel Platini was also suspended.

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