Duo plead not guilty in FIFA corruption scandal

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NEW YORK: Two prominent Latin American football officials pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in a New York court over their alleged roles in the corruption scandal engulfing the game’s graft-mired world governing body FIFA. Rafael Callejas, who was president of Honduras from 1990 to 1994, and Juan Angel Napout, a FIFA vice president and former president of the South American football confederation CONMEBOL, are among a slew of current or former football officials charged with wrongdoing. A total of 39 people and two companies have been charged by US authorities in connection with the multimillion-dollar corruption scandal that erupted at FIFA earlier this year when Swiss officials swooped on a luxury hotel in Zurich. About a dozen have pleaded guilty over graft that dates back decades and has threatened to bring FIFA to its knees, along with its leadership.

AFP

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