FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout has denied bribery charges after being extradited to New York, according to his lawyer. The Paraguayan, the president of South American football federation Conmebol, was detained in Zurich earlier.
Napout is charged of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars to sell marketing rights of Latin American tournaments. The Paraguayan is currently banned from football and has resigned after being arrested. Former Honduras President Rafael Callejas also pleaded innocence in a federal court of Brooklyn earlier in the day.
Callejas, a former skipper of his country from 1990 to 1994, was a member of the FIFA’s television and marketing committee. The controversial bidding process of awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar and 2018 to Russia sparked investigations by FBI, which led to the arrests of seven FIFA bosses from their Zurich headquarters.
The former president of the Costa Rican federation, Eduardo Li, has dropped his appeal against extradition to the U.S., according to Swiss justice authorities. Li was also arrested from Zurich in May.
Around 20 FIFA officials were indicted by the FBI due to multi-million bribery and racketeering charges.