Alejandro Burzaco, former head of the marketing company Torneos y Competencias, testified in 2017 that all three South Americans on the Federation Internationale de Football Association executive committee took million-dollar bribes to support Qatar, which prevailed over the USA 14-8.
The New York filing charges Hernan Lopez, the former chief executive of Fox International Channels and Carlos Martinez, the former president of Fox Latin America, with wire fraud and money laundering, claiming that the duo "relied on loyalty secured through the payment of bribes" to South American football officials in order to "advance the business interest of Fox" and gain "confidential bidding information" to win U.S. TV rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Romy is accused with joining his alleged co-conspirators to pay a $3 million bribe to Jeffrey Webb, the former president of the North and Central American and Caribbean governing body CONCACAF, for media and marketing rights to home World Cup qualifiers in the Caribbean for the 2018 and 2022 cycles. But on Monday, for the first time, prosecutors set direct, formal allegations down in print. Ultimately, bid committees representing Russia, England, a joint bid by Spain and Portugal and a joint bid by the Netherlands and Belgium submitted bids to host the 2018 World Cup, and bid committees representing the United States, Qatar, Japan, South Korea and Australia submitted bids to host the 2022 World Cup. Warner, now 77, has fought extradition for almost five years and still lives in Trinidad and Tobago.
It is alleged that Ricardo Teixeira, the former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, the now-deceased ex-COMNEBOL president Nicolas Leoz and a co-conspirator were offered and received bribes to ensure their votes for Qatar to stage the 2022 World Cup.
"How can we be sure future World Cup bids won't be rigged?"
Asked if the Kremlin was aware of the USA indictment, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "We read the media reports". "Companies and individuals alike should understand that, regardless of their wealth or power, they will be brought to justice if they use the USA financial system to further corrupt ends".
'In addition, the defendant Jack Warner was promised and received bribe payments totalling $5 million and Rafael Salguero was promised a $1 million bribe in exchange for their votes in favour of Russian Federation to host the 2018 World Cup'. It is in no way linked to any bribes. "We are proud of it", he added.
Teixeira was also not immediately reachable for comment.
Mr Blatter was subsequently banned from football by Fifa along with scores of other officials following internal ethics investigations, promoted by the arrests of seven Fifa officials on U.S. corruption charges in Zurich in May 2015.
There might not be a single person left in the soccer world that is shocked by this, but it's still quite something to see the U.S. Department of Justice say it in official court documents.
"The schemes had powerful anti-competitive effects, distorting the market for the commercial rights associated with soccer and undermining the ability of other sports marketing companies to compete for such rights on terms more favorable to the rights-holders".