US lays criminal charges against 16 Fifa officials

The indictment deals in part with allegations of corruption in the award of broadcast rights for football.

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JOHANNESBURG - US authorities have named 16 new defendants in an indictment set to be unveiled on Thursday by the US Department of Justice, a law enforcement source said.

The source said the individuals were mainly from the Western Hemisphere and that the indictment deals in part with allegations of corruption in the award of broadcast rights for football.

Meanwhile, authorities made more arrests in Switzerland this morning in the ongoing investigation into corruption within world football.

As members of Fifa's Executive Committee were meeting in Zurich this week to approve reform measures, current and former senior officials were targeted by Swiss police on charges that include racketeering, money laundering and fraud

Two of the numerous Fifa officials arrested in Zurich this morning, have been named.

Swiss authorities took the opportunity, to target current and former senior officials on charges including include racketeering, money laundering and fraud.

One of those arrested is Concacaf president, Alfredo Hawit, who took over from Jeff Webb at the north, Central American and Caribbean association.

The other official is Juan Angel Napout, president of Conmebol, the South American Football Confederation.

Some of the arrests took place in the same hotel where Fifa officials were arrested in May.

Authorities were quick to confirm that suspended President Sepp Blatter was not one of the arrested.