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FIFA Signaled ‘Open for Bribes’ With 2010 World Cup Awards, Witness Says

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The former head of a sports-marketing firm who says he made illegal cash payments to win broadcasting rights for global soccer matches told a New York jury that FIFA, the sport’s governing body, had made it very clear in 2010 it “was open for bribes.”

That year, prosecutors caught two FIFA bosses on camera taking bribes just before the organization decided to that Russia would host the World Cup tournament in 2018 and Qatar would host in 2022.