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Yep, South Africa did pay a $10 million bribe to host the 2010 World Cup

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Who could forget those vuvuzelas from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa? (andryn2006/Flickr)

FIFA--the international governing body of soccer (kind of like the NFL is for football, but globally)--finally admitted for the first time that their officials have taken bribes in exchange for hosting the World Cup.

And get this: now they're playing the victim and seeking to reclaim tens of millions of dollars from US officials. What?

They submitted a claim to the US Attorney's Office in New York, which is dealing with the corruption charges for a bunch of former soccer executives, basically saying they are entitled to compensation. FIFA finally legally admitted to taking a bribe of $10 mil from South Africa to host the World Cup in 2010, which everyone kind of already assumed had happened:

"It is now apparent that multiple members of the FIFA executive committee abused their position and sold their votes on multiple occasions."

Here's all the things FIFA wants from this claim:

  • $28.2 million for years of salaries, bonuses, and benefits earned by its admittedly corrupt officials.
  • $10 million for the “theft” of money that its corrupt officials used to bribe executives to vote for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup.
  • Coverage for “substantial” legal bills since individual US and Swiss federal probes of corruption came about last May.
  • Reputation damages, plus other bribes and kickbacks for media rights to non-FIFA competitions.

For FIFA to win the tens of millions of dollars they're hoping for, they will have to somehow prove they were the victim. What do you think?

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Yep, South Africa did pay a $10 million bribe to host the 2010 World Cup

Christina Buff

Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.

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