/More Charges as FIFA Inquiry Widens

More Charges as FIFA Inquiry Widens


A statue at FIFA headquarters in Zurich. The Swiss police arrested more soccer officials on Thursday, widening the corruption scandal.

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WASHINGTON — The investigation into corruption and bribery in soccer that in May rocked FIFA, the sport’s multibillion-dollar governing body, metastasized on Thursday when United States officials unsealed a new indictment that alleged an even more extensive network of criminal behavior across dozens of countries and that involved some of the most powerful people in international soccer.

Sixteen new defendants were identified, with charges including wire fraud, money laundering and racketeering, aimed almost entirely at individuals from Central and South America. Among them were a former president of Honduras, a judge on the Constitutional Court of Guatemala and the current and former presidents of Brazil’s national soccer federation.

Some defendants, federal…

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