United States: Ex-Venezuela soccer official to plead guilty in U.S. bribe case

Author(s): Nate Raymond | Date: November 8, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.reuters.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/1Xck9C | Type: Text

The former president of Venezuela’s soccer federation is expected to plead guilty to U.S. charges stemming from a bribery investigation involving FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, according to court records filed on Tuesday.
Rafael Esquivel, who was also an executive committee member with South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL, is set to plead guilty on Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn, becoming the latest individual to admit wrongdoing in the case.
Neither a lawyer for Esquivel nor a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, which is prosecuting the case, responded immediately to requests for comment.
Esquivel, 70, is one of 42 individuals and entities charged as part of a U.S. investigation that upended Zurich-based FIFA and the soccer world. To date, 18 people and two companies have pleaded guilty in connection with the probe.

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