Federal prosecutors alleged in an indictment unsealed Wednesday that top FIFA officials over the past two decades have turned soccer’s international governing body into a racketeering enterprise.
This chart released by prosecutors showed how top officials with CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, the organizations under the FIFA umbrella that govern soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean and South America, respectively, allegedly traded official support for bribes and kickbacks from sports marketing companies.
In return, those sports marketing companies secured the rights to CONCACAF and CONMEBOL’s soccer tournaments, which they then could sell to broadcasters and corporate sponsors at a premium price.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.