US Charges 16 More FIFA Officials

US Charges 16 More FIFA Officials

Sixteen more officials have been charged by US authorities investigating corruption at Fifa.

The new indictment, released by the Department of Justice in Washington, came hours after the arrest of two Fifa vice-presidents in Zurich on Thursday.

Former Brazil football federation chief Ricardo Teixeira was among those accused of being "involved in criminal schemes involving well over $200m (£132m) in bribes and kickbacks".

Fifa said it would "fully co-operate".

Earlier, Concacaf president Alfredo Hawit and Conmebol president Juan Angel Napout were held in a dawn raid at a Swiss hotel, arrested on suspicion of accepting millions of dollars of bribes, at the request of the US authorities.

Hawit, 64, is interim president for North, Central America and Caribbean football, while Napout, 57, oversees football in the South American confederation.

The Swiss hotel is the same location where several officials from world football's governing body were arrested in May.

Fifa's executive committee has been meeting in the city, voting on reforms.

Current Brazil football president Marco Polo del Nero is also on the new "superseding" 92-count indictment, which alleges "racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies" with "sustained abuse of [the defendants'] positions for financial gain".

The current and former senior football executives charged are:

Alfredo Hawit - Fifa vice-president and Concacaf president

Ariel Alvarado - Fifa disciplinary committee member and former Panamanian football chief

Rafael Callejas - former president of Honduras - and its football association

Brayan Jimenez - Guatemala FA chief and member of the Fifa committee for fair play and social responsibility.

Rafael Salguero - Former Fifa executive committee member and Guatemala football chief

Hector Trujillo - general secretary of Guatemala FA

Reynaldo Vasquez - former El Salvador FA president

Juan Angel Napout - Fifa vice-president and Conmebol president

Manuel Burga - Fifa development committee member and former Peru FA president

Carlos Chavez - Conmebol treasurer

Luis Chiriboga - Ecuador football president

Marco Polo del Nero - Brazil football president

Eduardo Deluca - former Conmebol general secretary

Jose Luis Meiszner - Conmebol general secretary

Romer Osuna - Bolivian Fifa audit and compliance committee member

Ricardo Teixeira - former Brazil FA chief

US attorney general Loretta Lynch said: "The betrayal of trust set forth here is outrageous. The scale of corruption alleged herein is unconscionable.

"And the message from this announcement should be clear to every culpable individual who remains in the shadows, hoping to evade our investigation: you will not wait us out; you will not escape our focus."

Chief of investigation Richard Weber of the IRS's criminal investigation division said: "Good intent has been replaced by greed and misguided goals.

"This case has been nothing short of one of the most complex, worldwide financial investigations ever conducted."



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