FIFA corruption scandal witness dead


May 26, 2018
This is a May 27, 2015, file photo, showing FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)


A Brazilian sports marketing executive who testified for the prosecution in a corruption scandal at FIFA has died in Sao Paulo. He was 74.

Jose Hawilla founded the Traffic Group, Brazil's largest sports marketing company. He died of respiratory problems at the Sirio Libanes Hospital yesterday.

US authorities arrested him in 2013 on charges of bribing senior football officials to secure commercial rights for tournaments.

He pleaded guilty in 2014 to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and obstruction of justice, but agreed to help police and pay a fine of US$151 million (over J$19 billion)

His testimony led to the arrest of high-ranking FIFA officials and former heads of the South American and Brazilian Football Confederations.

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