US Announces Charges Against 16 in FIFA Case

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced new allegations of corruption against 16 senior officials and former directors of FIFA, the highest governing body of world football, which she blames for “kidnapping” the sport to enrich itself for the past 24 years.

Among the accused are the former president of Honduras Rafael Callejas, who ruled the Central American country between 1990 and 1994 and currently serves as a member of the Football and Television Commission of FIFA, according to the indictment of the US Government.

Also highlighted among the defendants was the secretary general of the national soccer federation of Guatemala, Hector Trujillo, judge of the country’s Constitutional Court, who “dispensed justice, while soliciting bribes and selling his influence within FIFA,” Lynch said in a press conference in Washington.