Former FIFA official pleads not guilty to bribery charges

Former FIFA official pleads not guilty to bribery charges

Former FIFA official pleads not guilty to bribery charges

Written by Tharushan Fernando

14 Jan, 2016 | 8:19 am

A former high-ranking football official in the Americas pleaded not guilty to charges in a multi-million dollar bribery scheme at the heart of a U.S. investigation into corruption in the sport’s world governing body.

Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, a former FIFA vice president and acting head of the North and Central America and Caribbean confederation, CONCACAF, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, after being extradited from Switzerland. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Levy began considering bail for Hawit at the court hearing and Hawit would be detained until then.

Hawit, 64, was among 41 people and entities charged in the probe of football corruption spanning the globe, with federations in the Americas the hardest hit so far as Swiss and U.S. authorities investigate. Twelve people and two sports marketing companies have pleaded guilty.

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