Guilty plea possible from El Salvador ex-soccer chief in FIFA corruption probe
18 Aug 2021

The former president of El Salvador’s soccer federation may enter a guilty plea next Monday over his alleged role in a sprawling corruption probe surrounding FIFA and other soccer governing bodies, court records show.

A change-of-plea hearing has been scheduled in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn for Reynaldo Vasquez, the former president of the Federacion Salvadorena de Futbol (FESFUT), or the Salvadoran Football Federation.

Vasquez, who led FESFUT in 2009 and 2010, had in January pleaded not guilty to charges including racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering.

U.S. prosecutors have said Vasquez accepted bribes from a company called Media World, in exchange for helping arrange media rights to qualifier matches for the 2014 World Cup.

He was also accused of involvement in a bribery scheme to arrange friendly matches involving the men’s national soccer teams of El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

A lawyer for Vasquez did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Vasquez’s plea was not discussed at a Tuesday conference concerning several defendants before U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn.

By Jonathan Stempel, Reuters, 17 August 2021

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