Federal prosecutors urged the Second Circuit to reject an appeal from two men convicted of fraudulently giving away broadcast rights for FIFA soccer tournaments, telling the panel that a trial court did not abuse its discretion in applying U.S. law to their actions regarding South American soccer organizations.

The two men were convicted in December 2017 on wire fraud and racketeering charges after giving away broadcasting rights for South American soccer games to sports marketing companies in exchange for millions of dollars in bribes. More than a dozen men were indicted for similar charges. The two men at issue filed their appeal in February.

James A. Mitchell, a litigation partner in Ballard Spahr's New York office, represents one of the men. He said he and his client plan to submit a reply to the Second Circuit and looks forward to presenting their argument.

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