Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 0 minute ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
FIFA defendants blinded by greed: US prosecutors
November 15, 2017
 Print    Send to Friend

New York: Blinded by greed into accepting millions of dollars in bribes, or innocent bystanders? Prosecution and defense lawyers opened the FIFA corruption trial on Monday, two and a half years after the US unveiled the largest graft scandal in the history of world soccer.

The most high-profile defendant is Jose Maria Marin, 85, former president of Brazil’s Football Confederation, who has been living on bail at Trump Tower in Manhattan. His fellow defendants are former FIFA vice-president Juan Angel Napout, 59, from Paraguay and Manuel Burga, who led football in Peru until 2014. All have pleaded not guilty.

They are just a fraction of the 42 officials and marketing executives, not to mention three companies, indicted in an exhaustive 236-page complaint detailing 92 separate crimes and 15 corruption schemes to the tune of $200 million. Unveiled by then US attorney general Loretta Lynch in May 2015, the charges laid bare a quarter of a century of corruption in the heart of FIFA.

“Lurking underneath the surface are lies, greed and corruption,” assistant attorney Keith Edelman told jurors on Monday, recounting a meeting of officials in Miami in 2014 to celebrate the upcoming 2016 Copa America tournament in the US.

The centerpiece of the trial is the US government’s accusations that the three defendants accepted bribes to bestow advertising and marketing rights for tournament matches, through a complex web of fake contracts, shell companies and wire transfers.

Agence France-Presse

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
Neymar likes to ‘dive and exaggerate fouls,’ says Mexico skipper
MOSCOW: Mexico captain Andres Guardado has said that FIFA and match referees should be aware of Brazilian star Neymar’s tendency to “exaggerate fouls.” “We all know Ne..
Hopefully India will play in 2026 WC: Bhaichung
Panaji: With FIFA expected to expand participation of Asian countries from four to eight in the football World Cup by 2026, former Indian football team captain Bhaichung ..
FIFA CWC ‘search for Ultimate Hero’ launched
Al Ain: It’s game on to find the FIFA Club World Cup (CWC) UAE 2018 ‘Ultimate Hero’ following the big kicked-off in Al Ain’s Bawadi Mall on Monday. Following its award..
Ghana football chief resigns after suspension
Accra: Ghanian Football Association (GFA) president Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned on Friday just hours after world football governing body FIFA hit him with a 90-day suspensio..
Iniesta can’t be overworked if Spain are to do well: Habas
Kolkata: For Spain to fire on all cylinders at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, ageless midfield maestro Andres Iniesta will have to be used properly so that he ca..
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright