UK banks involved in FIFA scandal

British banks have allegedly been party to corrupt transactions worth millions of dollars linked to FIFA, according to legal papers from the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

Barclays and HSBC were named in the papers after the US DoJ noted millions of dollars linked to the corrupt football organization had been moved through their accounts.

The Serious Fraud Office said they were examining information relating to possible corruption at FIFA on Friday morning.

A spokesperson said the office was “actively assessing material in its possession and ready to assist international criminal investigations”

Speaking to the House of Commons on Thursday following an urgent question on the FIFA scandal, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport John Whittingdale said he would support any investigation the SFO made.

“I have no doubt they will be looking closely to see if any laws have been broken in this country,” he said.

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