Ex-Honduran president pleads guilty in US in FIFA bribery case

Rafael Callejas pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.

FILE: The 72-year-old is among 42 individuals and entities charged as part of a US investigation into more than $200 million in bribes. Picture: AFP.

NEW YORK - Former Honduran President Rafael Callejas pleaded guilty on Monday to US charges that he participated in bribery schemes under investigation at football's world governing body Fifa.

Callejas, 72, who is also the former president of the Honduran football federation, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, New York to charges of racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.

The defendant is among 42 individuals and entities charged as part of a US investigation into more than $200 million in bribes and kickbacks sought by football officials for marketing and broadcast rights to tournaments and matches.