5 Dec 2015

More arrests in FIFA scandal

2:24 pm on 5 December 2015
Fifa World Cup trophy

Fifa World Cup trophy Photo: PHOTOSPORT

United States officials investigating corruption at football's world governing body FIFA have charged 16 more officials.

The new indictment, released by the Department of Justice in Washington, comes shortly after the arrest of two FIFA vice-presidents in Zurich.

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

Fifa said it would "fully co-operate".

The 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".

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."

Earlier, Hawit and Napout were held in a dawn raid at the Baur au Lac hotel, Zurich, arrested on suspicion of accepting millions of dollars of bribes, at the request of the US authorities. The US is attempting to extradite them.

The Swiss hotel is the same location where several Fifa officials were arrested in May.

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

In May, nine Fifa officials and five sports and broadcast marketing executives were indicted by US prosecutors on corruption charges as the governing body became engulfed by claims of widespread wrongdoing.

On Thursday, it was announced that one of those defendants - former Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb, has pleaded guilty to money laundering, wire fraud and racketeering and has agreed to forfeit $6.7m (£4.4m).

He did not contest his extradition to the US.

The current and former senior football executives charged are:

Alfredo Hawit - Concacaf president

Ariel Alvarado - ex-Panamanian football official

Rafael Callejas - former president of Honduras football

Brayan Jimenez - Guatemala FA chief

Rafael Salguero - Guatemalan Fifa executive committee member

Hector Trujillo - general secretary of Guatemala FA

Reynaldo Vasquez - former El Salvador FA president

Juan Angel Napout - Conmebol president

Manuel Burga - former Peru FA president

Carlos Chavez - Bolivia football president

Luis Chiriboga - Ecuador football president

Marco Polo del Nero - Brazil football president

Eduardo Deluca - Conmebol general secretary

Jose Luis Meiszner - former Conmebol secretary general

Romer Osuna - Bolivia football audit and compliance committee chief

Ricardo Teixeira - former Brazil FA chief