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Prosecutors say Qatar and Russia bribed FIFA officials to win World Cup bids – Jimmys Post

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According to the indictment, three South American officials received payments to vote for Qatar.

One of the officials, Julio Grondona, of Argentina, died before being charged with crimes in a 2015 indictment. Another, Nicolás Leoz, died in Paraguay last year while he was under house arrest and was fighting extradition to the United States. The third man, Ricardo Teixeira, the former football leader in Brazil, remains in this country, which has no extradition treaty with the United States.

Leoz and Teixeira were charged in 2015 with bribe charges for selling lucrative football rights to sports broadcasters.

US prosecutors also said in Monday’s indictment that former football official Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago, who has been fighting extradition to the United States since 2015, has received $ 5 million dollars through a series of front companies to vote for Russia. Part of the money, according to the indictment, came from “US-based companies doing work on behalf of the 2018 Russia World Cup bid.”

Rafael Salguero, a Guatemalan football official who pleaded guilty in 2016 charges of money laundering and fraud in a previous football indictment, received $ 1 million to vote in Russia, according to the indictment.

None of the former football officials were immediately available to comment. Officials from the Russian Football Federation and FIFA did not respond to an after-hours email asking for comments.

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