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Fifa scandal deepens with 16 indicted for graft

They include confederation heads Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit, suspected of accepting millions in bribes

Published Fri, Dec 4, 2015 · 09:50 PM

Washington

THE multi-million dollar corruption scandal engulfing Fifa widened on Thursday with 16 people indicted by US justice officials who pledged an unremitting crackdown on an "outrageous" betrayal of trust.

The latest dramatic twist in a long-running saga began with a dawn raid on a luxury Zurich hotel where Swiss authorities arrested South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) president Juan Angel Napout, and Alfredo Hawit, head of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean (Concacaf).

Hours later, the two appeared on a list released in Washington of 16 men - all from the same two confederations - indicted on charges of corruption. They included Ricardo Teixeira, the former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation and a former Fifa vice-pres…

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