Suspicious TV rights deal involving FIFA uncoveredSeptember 15, 2015
FIFA’s President Sepp Blatter is facing new scrutiny after reports of a suspicious TV rights deal with former FIFA executive Jack Warner. Swiss broadcaster SFR unveiled a 2005 contract signed by Blatter and Warner, showing that FIFA granted the 2010 and 2014 World Cup rights to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), led by Warner at the time, for only 600,000 US dollars. It’s also reported that Warner transferred those rights to his private company, then sold them for over 15 million. Warner has been indicted in the US on corruption charges after a string of arrests in May, but is still in his native Trinidad, and has yet to enter a plea. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch says more people could face charges; meanwhile, Blatter has not been charged with wrongdoing, and denies any role in corruption within FIFA.
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