Swiss police arrested the two top soccer bosses in the Americas on Thursday on suspicion of taking millions of dollars in bribes linked to television rights, widening a graft probe into world soccer's governing body. Diane Hodges reports.
Swiss police on Thursday arrested the top two soccer bosses in the Americas as part of a widening probe into corruption at the world soccer federation, FIFA. Police arrested Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, a Vice-President of FIFA and the acting president of CONCACAF, the federation that administers soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean. Also arrested -- Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, the head of the South American soccer federation CONMEBOL. They were detained in pre-dawn raids at the request of U.S. officials, as part of an ongoing investigation into bribery in world soccer, according to Folco Galli, at Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FEDERAL OFFICE OF JUSTICE HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS, FOLCO GALLI, SAYING: "According to the U.S. arrest requests, the FIFA officials are suspected of accepting bribes of millions of dollars in return for selling marketing rights in connection with football tournaments in Latin America as well as World Cup qualifying matches." In May, U.S. authorities charged 14 officials and sports marketing executives with paying or taking bribes. Hawit is the third consecutive CONCACAF head to be indicted as part of the investigation. The two arrested men and their representatives were not immediately available for comment.