Marketing group fined $1 million in FIFA corruption case

March 18, 2019 - 2:42 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered a sports marketing group to pay a total of $1 million in fines in the FIFA soccer scandal.

U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen set the fine on Monday in federal court in Brooklyn.

Traffic Sports International and Traffic Sports USA were implicated in the sprawling U.S. case accusing the companies and other firms of bribing international soccer officials in exchange for commercial rights to major tournaments.

A Traffic executive was a key witness at the 2017 trial of three South American soccer officials accused of corruption. He told the jury that he and other marketing executives he worked with paid tens of millions of dollars over the years in bribes papered over by falsified contracts.

Two of the defendants were found guilty. The third was acquitted.

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