FIFA officials were arrested recently for alleged partnerships with sports marketing executives to solicit bribes, in exchange for other offers.
“These individuals and organizations engaged in bribery to decide who would televise games, where the games would be held, and who would run the organization overseeing organized soccer worldwide,” said Ms. Lynch, who supervised the investigation from its earliest stages. via NY Times
The 47-count federal indictment was revealed, 14 defendants were charged, nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives. According to the court documents, this corruption spans at least two generation, indicating that this corruption has been going on for some time.
"It spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks," Lynch said. "And it has profoundly harmed a multitude of victims, from the youth leagues and developing countries that should benefit from the revenue generated by the commercial rights these organizations hold, to the fans at home and throughout the world whose support for the game makes those rights valuable.'' via USAToday