Lynch Says FIFA Probe Continues as U.S. Seeks More Arrests

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said American investigators continue to pursue defendants indicted in a wide-ranging corruption probe of international soccer.

In a press conference at the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, New York, Lynch said that more arrests are being sought in the case, which burst into public view Wednesday with the indictment of 14 people, including FIFA officials, for alleged graft dating back to 1991. Charges included racketeering, wire fraud and money-laundering conspiracy.

Read the full FIFA indictment here.

“They were expected to uphold the rules that keep soccer honest, and protect the integrity of the game,” Lynch said. “Instead, they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and enrich themselves.”

Lynch said that “individuals and organizations engaged in bribery to decide who would televise games; where the games would be held; and who would run the organization overseeing organized soccer worldwide.”

 

 

Source: Bloomberg-1x-1