16 More FIFA Officials Indicted

Attorney General, Lorretta Lynch  announced this morning that the DOJ had issues a superseding indictment, “which includes new charges against new defendants, as well as additional arrests and guilty pleas in connection with our ongoing investigation. ” If you have been living under a rock or are not a soccer fan, in May the DOJ unsealed a 42-count indictment against 14 world soccer officials and sport marketing executives. Today’s news adds 92 counts and 16 defendants, 8 of which have already pleaded guilty.

“These defendants include the sitting presidents of two of FIFA’s six continental soccer confederations – CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, and CONMEBOL, which covers South America.”  The indictment list charges of racketeering conspiracy amongst other crimes and expands the bribery and corruption charges from the original indictment. “The Department of Justice is committed to ending the rampant corruption we have described amidst the leadership of international soccer . . .”

For more info see the announcement from today’s press conference at http://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-general-loretta-e-lynch-delivers-remarks-press-conference-announcing-law