FIFA accepts Swiss court's decision

Updated: December 27, 2011, 12:26 PM ET
Associated Press

ZURICH -- FIFA will not appeal a ruling by a Swiss court, clearing the way for the release of a document identifying soccer officials who took millions of dollars in kickbacks from World Cup broadcast deals.

Soccer's governing body said it will not comment on the document's contents until its release has been cleared by the court. The decision by the state court in Zug court was reported Tuesday by the Zurich business weekly Handelszeitung.

The document details a settlement announced in 2010 in which senior soccer officials acknowledged taking kickbacks and repaid $6.1 million.

The 10-year-old scandal stems from alleged payments made by the ISL marketing agency before its 2001 collapse with debts of $300 million.


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