Former Honduran football chief pleads guilty to corruption charges

NEW YORK, March 28 (KUNA) — Former Honduran Soccer Federation President pleaded guilty today in connection with FIFA corruption scandal.
The US Department of Justice confirmed in a press release that in a federal court in Brooklyn, Rafael Callejas, the president of the Honduran soccer federation (FUNAFUTI) who served for 13 years, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in connection with his receipt of bribes in exchange for the awarding of contracts for the media and marketing rights to FIFA World Cup qualifier matches.
Callejas, who served as the President of the Republic of Honduras from 1990 to 1994, also agreed to forfeit USD 650,000.
According to court filings and facts presented during the plea proceeding, Callejas negotiated and accepted bribes totaling USD hundreds of thousands in exchange for his agreement to exercise his influence as the president of FENAFUTH to award contracts to a Florida sports marketing company, for the media and marketing rights to the Honduran national soccer team’s home World Cup qualifier matches for the 2014, 2018, and 2022 editions of the World Cup.
In the press release, it noted that the “guilty plea announced today is part of an investigation into corruption in international soccer being led by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, the FBI New York Field Office, and the IRS-CI Los Angeles Field Office.” (end)