Since enactment of the French anti-corruption law Sapin II, the Agence Française Anti-Corruption and other French prosecutors have begun to more actively pursue companies for anti-corruption offenses. Will they eventually take a deeper look into the operations of Ligue 1 and the football (soccer) clubs that are part of it?… Continue Reading
What have we learned from the FIFA corruption/RICO cases? What do we now know about how Russia and Qatar managed to secure the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups? … Continue Reading
If your offices, like ours, are currently filled with colorful jerseys and employees furtively checking scores on their phones, you know that soccer (or football or futball) has the attention of much of the world right now.… Continue Reading
Only yesterday they were pimply FCPA nerds. But a strange thing happened. They morphed into the cool kids.
Today’s compliance officers are famous and wanted.
Here’s some evidence.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup vote already reflects the significant steps FIFA has taken to reduce corruption. Will it now follow the International Olympic Committee example and take the next step?… Continue Reading
The New York Times reports that U.S. prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas in what appears to be an expansive investigation of corruption in international soccer, track and field, and the Olympic Games.… Continue Reading
A former managing director of Julius Baer pleaded guilty Thursday to a money laundering conspiracy in the DOJ’s prosecution of corruption in soccer’s international governing body.
Jorge Luis Arzuaga, 56, appeared in federal court in Brooklyn.… Continue Reading
In recent years, the global sports audience has witnessed many corruption scandals. Such scandals can significantly impact the reputation of the brands sponsoring athletes and the competitions organized by sports institutions.… Continue Reading
The former governor of Rio State, Sergio Cabral, was arrested in November on corruption charges. He was accused of taking bribes from construction companies. One of the contracts under investigation involved the renovation of the Maracana stadium ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.… Continue Reading
A South American sports marketing company admitted Tuesday that it paid millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to FIFA officials to win broadcast rights for the 2018, 2022, 2026, and 2030 FIFA World Cups.… Continue Reading
Companies that make and sell consumer products — toothpaste, smart phones, cars, movies, food, medicines, golf clubs, cosmetics, whiskey, shoes, jewelry, and so on — spend billions of dollars promoting their goods.… Continue Reading
A Miami man pleaded guilty Thursday to bribing FIFA and North American and Caribbean soccer officials to win media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments.