Some of soccer's biggest sponsors have been quick to show their dismay at the corruption allegations against high-ranking FIFA officials. But the finer details of the indictment appear to implicate one U.S. household name in particular.
The 161-page document released by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) claims that a multinational sportswear company headquartered in the U.S. was involved in "bribes and kickbacks" which were used to sign a sponsorship deal with the Brazilian national soccer federation in 1996.
It doesn't name the company, just calling it sportswear company A, but Nike's own website states that the sports brand signed an apparel licensing deal with Brazil's soccer team that year. The indictment highlights that the sportswear company made payments to a sports marketing firm. The DOJ does not suggest that these payments were illegal but claims the marketing firm then used them as bribes for FIFA officials.