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Former Fifa vice-president Alfredo Hawit admits to accepting bribes for marketing rights

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By Tony Connelly | Sports Marketing Reporter

April 12, 2016 | 3 min read

Former Fifa vice president Alfredo Hawit is reported to have accepted bribes in exchange for the sale of marketing rights to tournaments in Latin America.

Alfredo Hawit

The 64 year-old pled guilty to four charges of corruption and admitted accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes linked to the sale of marketing rights to tournaments since 2008.

The four charges consist of one count of racketeering conspiracy, two counts of wire fraud conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Hawit revealed to a New York court that he conspired with other officials to arrange marketing rights for companies in Florida and Argentina, in exchange for large sums of money being transferred into bank accounts in Panama and Honduras.

The Honduran faces up to 20 years in jail for each individual count and will be forced to forfeit $950,000 (£668,000).

Hawit was interim president of the North and Central American and Caribbean soccer governing body, Concacaf, from May 2015 until his 3 December when he was arrested in Switzerland and later extradited to the US.

The case is part of a current US Department of Justice’s investigation which is looking into corruption in international football.

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