NEW YORK: Any hope FIFA may have harboured that the FIFAGate investigation would be the end of the long-running corruption scandal have been dashed by reports about further inquiries into the governance of international sport by the United States Justice Department.
Federal prosecutors based in Brooklyn are reported, by US media, as widening their investigation and issuing subpoenas seeking information from the world football federation, the International Olympic Committee and the US Olympic Committee.
According to The New York Times prosecutors are probing racketeering, money laundering and fraud charges related to two track and field world championship events and business execs involved with other major events.
It claimed that grand jury subpoenas had been delivered for documents, testimony and financial records dating back to 2013. Since then, the US has won bids to host the 2021 track and field world championships in Eugene, Oregon, and the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
The US Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York, which led investigations into FIFA, is leading the inquiries.