Vatican suspends charity deal until FIFA investigation ends

A charity established by Pope Francis has suspended a donations agreement with a football federation in the wake of the FIFA corruption scandals.

The South American football federation CONMEBOL had pledged to donate US$10,000 to the Vatican charity Scholas Occurrentes for every goal scored during the Copa America, which began in Chile on June 11.

The federation had signed the agreement in the presence of Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 21.

Venezuelan Rafael Esquivel, who was among the seven FIFA officials arrested on May 27 to face corruption charges in the US, was among those signing the Vatican agreement

A June 15 statement from the charity, signed by Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, stated it “will refrain from receiving any funds until the ongoing judicial investigation is clarified”.

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