The Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn is seen in New York where Juan ءngel Napout of Paraguay, José Maria Marin of Brazil, and Manuel Burga of Peru are on trial in the Fifa corruption scandal on November 15, 2017. AFP / DON EMMERT
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The bribes sought by FIFA executives with the power to determine World Cup hosts.Two years after a sprawling investigation of FIFA led to waves of arrests that shook soccer, the trial of three men is underway and about to enter its second week.Though the trial in Brooklyn is dealing with corruption allegations before new FIFA leaders emerged in 2016, officials still prominent in soccer are not untouched by the evidence already heard in court -- particularly relating to the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.No decision has proved more toxic for FIFA than the 2010 vote that handed the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.According to Burzaco, three South Americans were among 22 FIFA executive committee voters who took million-dollar bribes to support Qatar, which beat out the United States in the final round of voting in December 2010 .Burzaco implicated Delhon in taking bribes.Napout passed on to Burzaco a request from Cartes' private office to buy eight tickets for Argentina's game against Iran at the 2014 World Cup.Al-Khelaifi is under criminal investigation in Switzerland for suspected bribery linked to FIFA awarding beIN broadcast rights to the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.Later banned for life by FIFA for misconduct during the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding process.
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