The World Cup may have reached its conclusion, but the FIFA corruption scandal persists with no end in sight. Nearly eight years after a series of early morning raids exposed corruption at the highest levels of international soccer, and more than five years after the conclusion of the first trial in the Justice Department’s sprawling probe of bribery in the sport, a second trial is set to begin in federal court in Brooklyn.
The defendants once again stand accused of being involved in intricate schemes to pay millions of dollars in exchange for the rights to matches. Prosecutors are expected to focus on the same tournaments and rely on many of the same witnesses.
They will make their arguments before the same judge in the same courtroom, with the hope of adding three more convictions to the case’s already impressive ledger: to date, the government has secured 29 convictions in the case. However, this new trial has the potential for a dramatic twist, with revelations about the involvement of one of FIFA’s most significant media partners, Fox Corporation, in a secretive scheme to pay millions of dollars in bribes to enhance its position in international soccer and secure the rights to the World Cup itself.
What Does This Mean For Soccer?
The upcoming trial has the potential to bring to light new information about the inner workings of FIFA and the extent of corruption within the organization. It could also have significant implications for the reputation of Fox Corporation and the future of their relationship with FIFA.
Furthermore, if the defendants are found guilty, it could further tarnish the image of soccer as a whole and call into question the integrity of the sport’s governing body. The trial could also result in stricter regulations and oversight being put in place to prevent similar corruption in the future. Overall, the outcome of this trial could have a significant impact on the way the world views FIFA and soccer as a whole.