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FIFA: Indictment Claims U.S. Sportwear Firm 'Bribed' CBF Official On Sponsorship Deal

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 05 / 28 / 15

The indictment of FIFA officials by a U.S. grand jury said that an unidentified sportswear company "bribed" a Brazilian football official for a sponsorship deal -- a deal that "seems to mirror one obtained by Nike," according to Townsend & Panja of BLOOMBERG. The indictment "refers to a U.S. c...

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