FIFA’s £80m legal bill for corruption probe
FIFA ARE understood to have run up legal fees of around £80million during the in-house investigations into football corruption and fraud that started after the Zurich raids in May 2015.
The probe was carried out by expensive American lawyers Quinn Emanuel and Swiss counterparts NKF. They announced their reports were completed yesterday. They have been handed over to the Swiss attorney general’s office and also made available to the US Justice Department, with the contents kept secret because of two ongoing criminal investigations into FIFA.
FIFA are expected to publish their financial report for 2016 within the next fortnight in which legal fees will be included. But considering there was a rise of £24m in legal costs in 2015, when the 22-month inquiry had only been running for six months, £80m looks conservative.
A source familiar with FIFA’s investigation tried to justify the massive expense by pointing to the report running to more than 1,300 pages, with 20,000 pieces of evidence and the two legal teams examining more than two and a half million documents.
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