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The department unsealed a 47-count indictment Wednesday against 14 international soccer officials.
May 27, 2015 Loretta Lynch's Justice Department unsealed a 47-count indictment Wednesday morning laden with racketeering, corruption, and conspiracy charges against 14 defendants associated with FIFA, the world soccer association, and international soccer organizations.
It's the latest in a series of high-profile moves from the Justice Department since Lynch became attorney general last month, including its investigations into police misconduct in Baltimore. The indictment originated in the Eastern District of New York—where Lynch served as U.S. attorney until her confirmation—and was supported by an FBI investigation into FIFA's dealings.
The heavily detailed indictment details 12 individual schemes coordinated by various defendants over the last 25 or so years, including plots related to bidding for the 2010 World Cup, the 2011 FIFA presidential election, and next year's Centennial Copa America tournament.
In a press conference Wednesday morning, Lynch framed FIFA's actions as a betrayal of soccer's fans.
"Many of the individuals and organizations we will describe today were entrusted with keeping soccer open and accessible to all," she said. "They were expected to uphold the rules that keep soccer honest and to protect the integrity of the game. Instead they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves."
According to a Justice Department release, the defendants include high-ranking FIFA officials—including two of the organization's vice presidents—officials from soccer associations "that operate under the FIFA umbrella," and South American and U.S. marketing executives. The indictment comes as FIFA is slated to hold an election for president on Friday; it had been expected that the current leader, Sepp Blatter, would get a fifth term in office. Two corporations and four individual defendants named in the indictment have already pleaded guilty.