Football: Dutch Football Association to review national team sponsorship deal with Nike

AMSTERDAM (REUTERS) - The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) said on Wednesday that it was reviewing its 1996 national team sponsorship deal with Nike after corruption allegations by United States investigators against a US sportswear company with details matching a Nike deal in Brazil.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had found evidence of millions of dollars in bribes paid for a 1996 sponsorship deal of Brazil's national team.

Nike has said it is cooperating with the investigation and that the indictment does not accuse the company of crimes.

The accusations are one in a series of corruption allegations that have put world football and the business around it under scrutiny.

KNVB spokesman Chris van Nijnatten said in-house lawyers would review documents relating to a two decade-old deal, under which Nike became the official training sponsor of the Dutch national team in 1996, taking over from the national lottery.

Nike did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.

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