FIFA accepts decision to release kickbacks files

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.