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Photo: Buda Mendes - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

FIFA and two other organizations are set to receive more than $200 million in compensation from the U.S. government related to a 2015 corruption scandal, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Flashback: The repayment comes six years after a criminal prosecution revealed that millions of dollars had been diverted for decades from the sport and into the hands of global officials and businessmen.

By the numbers: The DOJ granted a joint petition for remission, recognizing losses and granting repayment up to $201 million, of which $32.3 million in forfeited funds has been approved for an initial distribution.

  • The repayments will be distributed among FIFA, CONCACAF — the confederation responsible for soccer governance in North and Central America — and CONMEBOL — the organization responsible for soccer governance in South America.
  • Prosecutors have charged at least 50 people in the case.

What they're saying: "Today's announcement confirms that money stolen by corrupt soccer officials and sports marketing executives through fraud and greed will be returned to where it belongs and used to benefit the sport," acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis for the Eastern District of New York said in a statement.

"Not one official in this investigation seemed to care about the damage being done to a sport that millions around the world revere," Michael Driscoll, assistant director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office, said.

  • "The only silver lining is the money will now help underprivileged people who need it, not the wealthy executives who just wanted it to get richer," he added.

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U.S. Soccer hires Sally Yates to investigate NWSL sexual abuse reports

Former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates in the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates will lead an investigation into "allegations of abusive behavior and sexual misconduct in women's professional soccer," effective "immediately," the sport's U.S. governing body announced Sunday.

Of note: The National Women’s Soccer League said Sunday it hired an outside law firm to investigate the widespread reports of NWSL players being subjected to harassment and abuse, often by male coaches.

Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.

Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

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The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.

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