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Posted on: Jun 5, 2015
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FIFA: The Investigation, Indictments and Possible Defenses

By Jason Bonikowske, Just Marketing, Inc.

On Wednesday, May 27, a FIFA criminal investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup awards was announced. You can read more about it in this article. Nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives were later indicted for racketeering conspiracy and corruption. This press release from the United States Department of Justice has more information. The case left many asking: how will those indicted defend against the charges? Click here to read an article on the possibilities.

Update - June 2, 2015:
On Tuesday, June 2, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his plans to resign. He says he will step down as soon as FIFA congress elects a successor. Read more about his announcement here and check out his full resignation speech here.

Update - June 4, 2015:
On the evening of Wednesday, June 3, a former FIFA official, Chuck Blazer, admitted that he took bribes in connection with awarding the 2010 World Cup to South Africa. Click here to read more about his admission.

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