Soccer Trial Starts In Brooklyn Courtroom Against Three South American Defendants
Nearly two and a half years after the US investigation of soccer corruption became public, the case finally reached trial in a Brooklyn federal court. The trial’s verdict will likely serve as a referendum on the Department of Justice’s decision to take on the world’s most popular sport and in particular FIFA, the Swiss-based organization that oversees global soccer
First Defendant In FIFA Case Gets 8 Months
Former Guatemalan soccer official Hector Trujillo confessed to taking hundreds of thousands in bribes. His sentence, which includes $415,000 in restitution, comes just weeks before the closely watched trial in a corruption case that has rocked the soccer world.
FIFA's Blatter, Platini, And Valcke Suspended For 90 Days
FIFA's ethics committee announced Thursday it was provisionally suspending President Sepp Blatter, Secretary General Jerome Valcke, and Vice President Michel Platini for 90 days. Chung Mong-joon, former FIFA vice president, has been banned for six years. Cameroonian Issa Hayatou is now FIFA's acting president.
How The Relationship Between Sepp Blatter And Michel Platini Soured
FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, the president of the European football association, were famously close before Platini made a power play for Blatter's job. Blatter was placed under criminal investigation by Swiss officials Friday – and Platini is cooperating with authorities.
Current FIFA President And The Man Who Wants To Replace Him Face Investigations
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is suspected of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation and is being questioned by Swiss authorities. Separately, the world soccer governing body is looking into Michel Platini, who has been eyeing Blatter’s seat.