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The accounts by federal prosecutors were not unlike those that the Department of Justice described in 2015 in the sweeping corruption case focused on FIFA, international soccer’s governing body. No one from Nike was charged in that case, but American prosecutors said that bribes helped secure Nike’s breakthrough sponsorship deal with Brazil’s national soccer team in the mid-1990s, elevating the company’s global profile and helping [url=http://www.egbertvanwijk.nl/Nike-Air-Huarache-Dames-c-28.html]Nike Air Huarache Dames[/url] it expand into soccer.
Nike contracted to pay $160 million for that deal — and the company paid an additional $40 million that was not reflected in the official agreement, federal authorities said. Nike brokered the deal through a Brazilian businessman who pleaded guilty in the United States to an array of [url=http://www.willtaylars.co.uk/nike-air-max-zero-c-62/nike-air-max-zero-womens-c-62_64/]Nike Air Max Zero Womens[/url] corruption charges, admitting to having solicited and accepted hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes from people seeking lucrative marketing and media contracts.
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