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Nike says its cooperating with authorities in FIFA probe

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Nike says it is cooperating with authorities in the U.S. probe into corruption of FIFA, the governing body of soccer worldwide.

On Wednesday U.S. officials charged seven FIFA members with racketeering and corruption charges and announcing a sweeping investigation into corruption. Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether the decisions to award World Cups to Russia and Qatar were rigged.

Nike is not an official FIFA sponsor. But it pays to have the Brazilian and other countries' national teams wear its shirts and other gear. This is the first time it has acknowledged it has been contacted in the investigation.

Nike did not address anything specific in the investigation. It said it is "strongly opposed to any form of manipulation or bribery."