May 27, 2015 (Cary, NC) -- This morning in federal court in Brooklyn, NY, a 47-count indictment was unsealed in relation to the ongoing Department of Justice's investigation into corruption in FIFA, the governing body of international soccer. Named in those indictments was Aaron Davidson, President of Traffic Sports USA, the Miami-based division of Traffic Sports International, a Brazil-based company. Traffic Sports USA is the majority-share owner of the Carolina RailHawks Football Club, which plays here in the Raleigh-Durham area. Also unsealed this morning were guilty pleas by the José Hawilla, the owner and founder of the Traffic Group, and by both Traffic Sports and Traffic Sports USA to wire fraud conspiracy.
Triangle Soccer Fanatics (TSF), a supporters club of the Carolina RailHawks, has frequently voiced its desire for local, Triangle-area based ownership of our soccer team, and in February of this year passed a resolution, endorsed by our members, to both publicly and privately advocate for a local ownership stake in Carolina RailHawks Football Club. These indictments and guilty pleas serve to strengthen our case for local ownership, and we call on Traffic Sports to redouble their efforts to separate our football club from their organization tarnished by these charges which Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch calls “rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States.”
“We support the players, coaches, and administrative staff of the Carolina RailHawks Football Club. As we see them work tirelessly, on and off the field, with minimal budget and resources, to grow the game of soccer here locally and entertain their fans, it angers us to learn of these corruption charges and admission of guilt within our very ownership group,” said Jarrett Campbell, President of Triangle Soccer Fanatics.
The members of Triangle Soccer Fanatics cannot condone the behavior of the Traffic Group, or its subsidiaries, and now, more than ever, call for the local ownership of Carolina RailHawks Football Club.