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FIFA: DOJ Indictment Claims Former CBF Chief 'Shared Bribes' With Colleagues

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 05 / 29 / 15

The football corruption investigations of the U.S. Department of Justice indicated that former Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) President José Maria Marin, one of Wednesday's arrested FIFA execs , "shared bribes" for the commercial rights of the Copa do Brasil with predecessor Ricardo T...

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