Zurich: World soccer body FIFA, for the first time, has acknowledged that votes were bought in past World Cup hosting contests. It is also seeking to claim “tens of millions of dollars” in bribe money seized by U.S. federal prosecutors.
FIFA submitted a 22-page claim to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York on Tuesday that seeks a big share in restitution from more than $190 million already forfeited by soccer and marketing officials who have pleaded guilty in the corruption case.
FIFA claims it is the victim of corrupt individuals, despite widespread criticism that bribe-taking was embedded in its culture in the presidencies of Joao Havelange and Sepp Blatter, who was forced from office after 17 years. AP