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Drug Dealers in Brazil Accused of Bankrolling Soccer Games

To sell and promote their product, drug dealers in Rio de Janeiro have organized cash-prize soccer matches — in an example of how even low-level criminals use...

Money Laundering Allegations Dog Mexico’s Cruz Azul Soccer Club

Although the Mexican soccer league has canceled the rest of its season, one of its most acclaimed clubs has remained in the headlines as three of its directors are...
Soccer tournament 'Copa America' will take place in Brazil

Copa America Beefs Up Security in Brazil To Prevent Soccer Gang Violence

With the Copa America soccer tournament nearing kickoff, authorities in Brazil have employed a number of tactics to ensure infamous fan-run gangs don’t spoil it....

Clear Penalty as Colombian Soccer Star Netted for Drug Trafficking

Jhon Viáfara, a roving midfielder for Colombia’s national soccer team, was arrested on suspicion of seeking to export cocaine to the United States. This is but...

Soccer Corruption Hits Peru With Leading Arrest

The arrest of businessman and former president of the Peruvian Soccer Federation, Edwin Oviedo, opens a new chapter in the profitable relationship between soccer...
Argentina has struggled with soccer violence for many years

Why Can’t Argentina Control Its ‘Barras Bravas’?

The troubled road that led to one of Latin America's most anticipated soccer finals being moved to Europe exposed, once again, the reach and influence of...

Argentina Arrests Members of International Drug-Trafficking Soccer Hooligan Network

The arrest of several members of an international drug trafficking organization made up of soccer hooligans from Argentina and Colombia adds to the mounting...

Jail Time for LatAm Officials Won’t Kick FIFA Corruption Problem

Authorities in the United States have sentenced two high-level soccer officials to jail time in relation to a widespread corruption scandal involving the world’s...

How the US Took On the Mafia Running International Soccer

The 2018 World Cup is about to end, but the case that unveiled a massive criminal conspiracy involving the international soccer organization FIFA is still...

How Narcos Use World Cup Mania to Smuggle Cocaine

The use of World Cup merchandise to smuggle cocaine around the world points to a longstanding relationship between drug trafficking and soccer, one of the world’s...

Weekly InSight: How Organized Crime Has Tarnished the World Cup

In our June 14 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the opening of the 2018 World Cup and the...

Soccer: The Tainted King of Sports Takes the World Stage

The Russia 2018 World Cup has begun. But behind the much awaited games are the stains of corruption and ties to organized crime tarnishing the most popular, and...