The former president of the Costa Rican soccer federation and a member-elect of the FIFA executive committee pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York to taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.
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Sepp Blatter, two deputies took $81 million in pay and bonuses, FIFA launches bribery and corruption case
FIFA's ethics committee said Friday it has opened formal proceedings against former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and two of his ex-deputies for taking huge salaries and bonuses.
The FIFA ethics committee has imposed eight-year suspensions on both the current and once-likely future presidents of FIFA. This effectively topples FIFA’s once-entrenched ruling hierarchy, and marks the most important achievements to date of the U.S.-led corruption investigation.
The FIFA scandal involves the illicit paying and receiving of monies in relation to marketing rights, elections, and host country bids. And though both the U.S. and Switzerland have now begun formal criminal proceedings, with 15 total defendants and myriad criminal counts, there are absolutely no bribery charges.
The Swiss enforcement authorities have just opened criminal proceedings against Sepp Blatter for improper financial transactions involving Jack Warner and Michael Platini.