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Victims of FIFA’s scandal: small clubs, youth, local leagues

America's soccer player Russo heads the ball as teammate Marlon watches during practice at the America Football club on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 29, 2015. "The majority of soccer clubs in Brazil have big problems," said fellow player Braz. "Players aren't paid, and then you see how the CBF benefits with so much money and luxury," referring to the Brazilian Football Confederation. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The accused in the FIFA scandal are easy to spot: globe-trotting executives charged with diverting millions meant to build the game to their personal accounts. Those who feel victimized aren’t as obvious: Youth players with hand-me-down equipment, semi-pro clubs that can’t afford to travel and developmental leagues that can’t pay referees.

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FIFA scandal reverberating across soccer-crazy South America

In this Nov. 24, 2014 file photo, Sergio Jadue, president of the Chilean Football Association, shows a ballot with Chile’s name as the first pick for group 1, during the draw for the 2015 Copa America tournament in Vina del Mar, Chile. Within hours of the FIFA scandal breaking in late May 2015, Jadue was declaring his innocence, comments that raised eyebrows because he wasn’t formally accused of anything. He was referring to a part of the sweeping U.S. Justice Department indictments that, without specifying them by name, said the 10 presidents of the South American Football Confederation were to receive bribes in exchange for transmission rights to games of the Copa America. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo, File)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Within hours of the FIFA scandal breaking, Sergio Jadue, the president of Chile’s soccer federation, was declaring his innocence even though he wasn’t formally accused of anything.

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US Department of Justice statement on FIFA corruption probe

NEW YORK (AP) — Excerpts from U.S. Department of Justice statement on FIFA corruption probe:

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