(FILES) This file combination of photos made on October 29, 2015 shows then FIFA president president Sepp Blatter (L) on May 30, 2015 in Zurich, and then UEFA President Michel Platini on May 28, 2015 in Zurich. / AFP / STF
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FIFA Wednesday demanded tens of millions of dollars in damages from the "sordid" officials now facing charges in the United States over mass bribery scandals that have rocked world football.In a wide-ranging admission to U.S. authorities on the scope of soccer corruption, football's governing body openly accused South Africa of paying a $10 million bribe to secure votes for the 2010 World Cup.FIFA also highlighted how one of the main accused, former FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb, has allegedly been leading a champagne lifestyle despite agreeing to hand over millions of dollars as part of a plea deal with U.S. authorities.FIFA said in a statement that it "estimates that at a minimum tens of millions of dollars were diverted from the football community illegally through bribery, kickbacks and corrupt schemes carried out by the defendants.FIFA backed suspicions raised by U.S. investigators.It also told how Warner sold votes for the 2011 FIFA presidential election to Qatari official Mohamed bin Hammam, who has since been banned for life.FIFA said that $353,537 was wired to a Caribbean Football Union account controlled by Warner.
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