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South American football bosses guilty of bribery

Napout and Marin were found guilty of wire fraud and racketeering conspiracies

Patricia Hurtado & Christie Smythe | Bloomberg 

The former heads of Brazil’s soccer federation and South American soccer were convicted of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from sports-marketing companies for the media and marketing rights to professional tournaments, in a setback for organisers of the world’s most popular sport. The U.S. verdict came in the first case to go to trial in a corruption crackdown that began with a predawn raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich in 2015. The convictions follow guilty pleas from 24 people tied to FIFA, international soccer’s governing association. Fifteen others ...

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First Published: Sun, December 24 2017. 01:22 IST