Fifa pursues millions from ex-officials


Gianni Infantino said he wanted to restore Fifa’s image after he was elected president last month

Fifa is attempting to reclaim “tens of millions of dollars” taken illegally by Fifa members and other football organisations.

Former Fifa officials Chuck Blazer, Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb are among those being sued by world football’s governing body, which has submitted documents to US authorities.

Fifa has been in turmoil since allegations of corruption in May 2015.

In total, 41 individuals and entities have been charged by US authorities.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said those convicted “abused positions of trust”.

“They caused serious and lasting damage to Fifa, its member associations and the football community,” Infantino added in a statement.

“The monies they pocketed belonged to global football and were meant for the development and promotion of the game.

“Fifa as the world governing body of football wants that money back and we are determined to get it no matter how long it takes.”

More to follow.

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