A New York federal judge on Tuesday refused to allow FIFA and two related organizations to recoup more than $116 million in restitution from two former soccer officials convicted of corruption offenses, finding in part that FIFA's bid to collect for internal investigative costs is precluded by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Lagos v. U.S.

U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen called FIFA's arguments in support of its nearly $28 million resolution bid for attorneys' fees and other internal probe costs "patently frivolous" in light of Lagos, in which the high court said a mandatory restitution law doesn't require criminal defendants to pay for company-initiated internal investigations into their crimes.

Judge Chen said FIFA itself concedes it approached the U.S. government after the indictment that led to the convictions of Juan Angel Napout and Jose Maria Marin — former South American soccer executives found guilty of taking bribes in exchange for marketing rights — motivated in part to show its cooperation, preserve its victim status and stave off future prosecution.

Marin is represented by Charles A. Stillman, James A. Mitchell, and Bradley Gershel of Ballard Spahr LLP.

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