New York - A former vice president of soccer's international
governing body has pleaded guilty to four conspiracy counts in the sweeping
FIFA bribery scandal over lucrative broadcast rights.
Prosecutors in New York said the Honduran-born Alfredo Hawit
accepted bribes totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars linked to the sale
of marketing rights to tournaments in Latin America.
Monday's plea is part of a case involving more than 40 people from
around the world. Prosecutors have said soccer officials have taken hundreds of
millions of dollars in illegal payments over the last 25 years.
Hawit also served as interim president of the North and Central
American and Caribbean soccer governing body, CONCACAF, from June until his
Dec. 3 arrest.
Hawit was extradited from Switzerland earlier this year.