U.S. Says FIFA Officials Were Bribed to Award World Cups to Russia and Qatar

For nearly a decade, Russia and Qatar have been suspected of buying votes to win hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. On Monday, for the first time, the Department of Justice put things in black and white. By Tariq Panja and Kevin Draper After years of investigations and indictments, the United States Department of Justice on Monday said for the first time that representatives working for Russia and Qatar had bribed FIFA officials to secure hosting rights for the World Cup in men’s soccer. Prosecutors made the accusations in an indictment charging three media executives and a sports marketing...

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