FIFA VPs Hawit, Napout suspended following indictments
FIFA vice presidents Alfredo Hawit and Juan Angel Napout were suspended from world soccer’s governing body for 90 days following Thursday’s indictments on charges of racketeering, conspiracy and corruption.
Hawit, CONCACAF’s president, and Napout, CONMEBOL’s president, were notables among the 16 indictments announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The news of the superseding indictments came in the wake of a series of arrests of FIFA officials Thursday morning, which took place at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich.
Eight defendants in the case have pleaded guilty, including former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, whose evidence assisted in the latest round of indictments.
The FIFA indictment, which is 236 pages in length, says that the “criminal schemes” involved “well over $200 million in bribes and kickbacks,” and describes the defendants’ use of the U.S. banking system for its scamming, The New York Times reported.
The new arrests were part of an ongoing U.S. investigation into widespread corruption in international soccer, and follow May’s first wave of arrests of several top FIFA officials at the same hotel.