Ex-Honduras president pleads guilty for role in FIFA corruption scandal

Former Honduras president Rafael Callejas pleaded guilty for his role in the FIFA corruption scandal.
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Former Honduras president Rafael Callejas has pleaded guilty for his role in the FIFA corruption scandal, according to the Agence France-Presse.

Callejas, 72, was president of Honduras from 1990 to 1994. After politics, he served as the head of the national soccer federation until August 2015.

He was charged with eight counts of racketeering, fraud and money laundering. Last year, he was accused of receiving $1.6 million in bribes over the television broadcast rights to World Cup and tournament qualifying matches involving Honduras' national team. Callejas was serving as a member of FIFA’s marketing and television committee at the time.

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A U.S. investigation has looked into $200 million in bribes and cover-ups by high-ranking soccer officials with ties to marketing and broadcasting rights. At least 13 people and two companies have pleaded guilty to charges.

Callejas was indicted in December and was placed under house arrest as part of a $4 million bail package.