A verdict is expected to take at least several weeks. Alei helped South Sudan become a FIFA member federation in 2012 and gain entitlement to annual grants and development project funds. FIFA’s ethics committee found that Alei profited from his own business exchanging FIFA dollars into local currency at a below-market rate, gave a construction contract to a firm he co-owned with his brother, and diverted money intended for women’s and youth soccer. He was fined 500,000 Swiss francs ($508,000).
Details were revealed by a FIFA-ordered audit in 2016 showing how the national soccer body used almost $1.2 million sent from Zurich to South Sudan.
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