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FIFA corruption: Fresh round of charges expected

Several senior FIFA figures have been indicted in bribery schemes, although no charges were brought against Sepp Blatter

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Another round of indictments in the criminal investigation into alleged corruption within soccer’s governing body, FIFA, is likely, the New York Times reported on Friday.

Several senior FIFA figures have been indicted in bribery and kickback schemes, although no charges were brought against FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who was re-elected to the post on Friday.

The newspaper quoted a senior U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official as saying he is “fairly confident” of new charges being announced.

“I’m fairly confident that we will have another round of indictments,” Richard Weber, the chief of the IRS unit in charge of criminal investigations, said.

“We strongly believe there are other people and entities involved in criminal acts,” Weber added.

Weber would not identify the remaining targets of the U.S. investigation or say whether Blatter was among them, according to the newspaper.

On Wednesday, nine officials and five sports media and promotions executives were charged in cases involving more than $150 million in bribes over a period of 24 years.

U.S. officials said their investigation exposed complex money laundering schemes, millions of dollars in untaxed incomes and tens of millions in offshore accounts held by FIFA officials, according to Reuters news agency.

[With Reuters]