FIFA scandal touches Ireland

FIFA, the international soccer federation, paid the Irish soccer association €5 million (about $7.5 million) not to file a legal protest regarding a controversial call in the 2009 World Cup playoffs. Neither party denies the payoff.

Reporting from the Irish Independent. Coverage in The New York Times.

U.S. prosecutors are pursuing corruption charges against FIFA’s top leaders, claiming the federation acted as a criminal syndicate.