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The FIFA Scandal: The Long Foot of American Justice

[Originally appeared in Bloomberg BNA]

Envelopes of cash. Vote rigging. Wiretapped recordings in 5-star hotel rooms. A dramatic early morning police raid coordinated between the FBI and Swiss law enforcement. An episode of the Sopranos? No, but it is a day in the life of FIFA.

Last week’s revelation of widespread corruption in the world of international soccer was shocking on many levels, but it should serve as a stark reminder to those engaged in international business that the U.S. government will prosecute crimes that occur largely outside the United States and will build a case over decades to do it.

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