All FIFA articles

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    ​FIFA chief compliance officer joins DLA Piper


    Global law firm DLA Piper announced that Edward Hanover, former chief compliance officer at FIFA, will join the firm’s litigation practice as a partner in Northern California based in its Silicon Valley office.

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    FINMA finds deficiencies in AML processes at Credit Suisse


    The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA has concluded two enforcement procedures against Credit Suisse. In the first procedure, FINMA identified deficiencies in the bank’s adherence to anti-money laundering due diligence obligations. The second procedure relates to a significant business relationship for the bank with a politically exposed person.

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    FIFA and more red flags


    The latest FIFA corruption scandal should serve as another lesson in identifying and investigating red flags.

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    Due diligence best practices for corporate sponsors


    With the Olympics underway, now is a good time for compliance officers to review how they ensure their corporate spokespeople and their own codes of conduct are in sync.

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    FIFA sends a letter


    Under the FCPA  there must be more than simple communication of instructions to not engage in bribery and corruption. Yet, FIFA only wagged its finger and said “do not engage.” Makes one wonder if the organization is actually ready to change.

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    Is the FIFA brand toxic?


    FIFA continues to present lessons for the compliance practitioner, and this one is straight-forward: if your organization is corrupt, other companies may well not want to do business with you going forward.

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    Staying home to avoid justice?


    “Honey, I think we should stay at home for Christmas this year.” This is the line that may well have been said by Marco Polo Del Nero, the president of the Brazilian Soccer Federation to his wife, after having been indicted on money laundering charges, but not subject to extradition ...

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    FIFA trial and FCPA implications


    From the requirements for an anonymous jury to the talk of “bag men” to the bandying about of some of the top names in sports broadcasting, the FIFA trials happeneing in New York City are proving to be a fascinating case.

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    ‘Several countries’ probed in World Cup bribery scheme


    The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has opened a criminal proceeding against Jérôme Valcke, the former Secretary General of FIFA, and beIN Media Group Chief Executive Officer Nasser Al-Khelaifi for bribery allegations surrounding the award of World Cup media rights.

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    Princess investigates FIFA


    A recent report indicates soccer’s global governing body, FIFA, has found itself embroiled in another corruption investigation, this time under the auspices of Jordanian Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, who has been working to uncover whether corrupt forces were at work in the two-time bid for FIFA presidency by her brother ...

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    What new headaches may befall FIFA?


    A new and potentially very damaging turn has taken place in the ongoing FIFA corruption scandal. Miguel Maduro, former chairman of FIFA’s governance committee, said that if asked, he would provide specific accusations of top FIFA officials pressuring him to ignore regulations.

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    Anti-corruption and human rights make Olympic debut


    Starting with the 2024 Summer Games in Paris, Olympic host cities must agree to abide by certain anti-corruption and human rights principles meant to clean up the world of global sports.

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    OFAC red cards Mexican footballer Marquez


    A prominent Mexican football star finds himself on OFAC's black list for allegedly fronting for a known drug kingpin. Just when you thought soccer couldn't get any more dramatic.

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    A new chapter in anti-corruption enforcement?


    Jorge Luis Arzuaga, a former managing director at the Swiss bank Julius Baer, pled guilty to having arranged the transfers of more than $25 million in bribes for corrupt FIFA officials. This is the first guilty plea in the plethora of service provides who facilitated the massive corruption scandal engaged ...

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    Forget Comey, what about Borbély and Eckert?


    As FIFA quietly gets rid of the bulk of its ethics committee, it would appear that the agency’s internal reform efforts have come to an end in questionable fashion.

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    FIFA fires its own investigators


    When it comes to brassiness, one really cannot do much better than FIFA. After having survived one of the world's greatest scandals, the international governing body of football is replacing the leadership of its ethics committee, in effect dismissing the judge and the prosecutor whose investigations resulted in the suspensions ...

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    FIFA audit official pleads guilty to corruption charges, gets suspended


    A member of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of wire fraud conspiracy for his participation in multiple schemes to accept and pay bribes to soccer officials and received a 90-day suspension by FIFA from all football activities at both the national and international level.

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    Argentine sports media company to pay $112M in FIFA probe


    Torneos y Competencias, an Argentine sports marketing company, agreed to pay over $112.8 million in forfeiture and criminal penalties to resolve U.S. charges relating to wire fraud conspiracy in connection with the FIFA corruption scandal. Jaclyn Jaeger reports.

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    Dutch trade union brings legal action against FIFA


    The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is the subject of another legal action for failing to ensure that the rights of migrant workers are respected as they work on projects connected to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Neil Hodge reports.

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    The rewards for corruption in British football


    U.K. footie can’t claim to be “the beautiful game” when it’s being stained by corruption. Paul Hodgson reports.