After a years’ long investigation, the U.S. Attorney General’s office has launched an attack on alleged widespread corruption in the world’s most popular sport – international soccer.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced at a press conference the unsealing of a 47-count indictment that charged 14 defendants with carrying out elaborate schemes with more than 20 unnamed coconspirators to extract more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks over two decades in exchange for media and marketing rights.

Ballard Spahr partner Charles Stillman noted that, with the case now unsealed, defense-side discovery could involve "complicated issues of international law, as well as issues of federal criminal law"—such as whether otherwise unavailable witnesses in foreign jurisdictions could be deposed.

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