Former Venezuela chief Rafael Esquivel pleads guilty in FIFA Scandal.

Rafael Esquivel, a former president of Venezuela’s football federation, pleaded guilty over the massive FIFA Corruption scandal.

70- Year-old Esquivel also served as vice-president South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), pled guilty to seven counts of racketeering, wire fraud and money-laundering conspiracies.

He admitted receiving more than US $16 million linked to awarding sports marketing contracts associated with as part of his plea in a US federal court in Brooklyn, New York. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years for each count.

Forty other individuals and entities have been charged of soliciting and receiving tens of millions of dollars in bribes. So far 19 people and two companies have pleaded guilty in connection with the US investigation.

Mr. Esquivel was extradited to the US in March and had been due to stand trial with six other defendants next year. The charges related to bribery schemes to market South American club tournament the Copa Libertadores as well as the Copa America, which features national teams.


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