Fifa crisis: US charges 16 more officials after earlier Zurich arrests

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US 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 hours 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 well over $200m (£132m) in bribes and kickbacks”.

Fifa said it would “fully co-operate”.

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 – 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

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.

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