NEW YORK. — A former FIFA match agent’s confession that he helped pay big bribes to football officials in Central America and the Caribbean promises to fan the flames of the scandal rocking the game’s beleaguered world body.
Miguel Trujillo, a 65-year-old Colombian resident in the US, on Tuesday pleaded guilty in a New York federal court to four counts of money laundering, wire fraud and a falsified tax return.
He also dropped detailed bombshells against the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), that — while not naming names — could challenge the not-guilty pleas entered by CONCACAF current and former officials and others indicted. The United States last year accused senior FIFA members and associated figures — most from Latin America — of massive corruption using, among other nefarious means, wire fraud and money laundering. Many have been hauled before US courts but only a handful have entered guilty pleas. Some of those indicted are on bail or under house arrest pending trial, while others have yet to be arrested or extradited. Trujillo, a football consultant and FIFA-licensed match agent, worked with Media World and Traffic Sports USA, two events management companies implicated in securing lucrative broadcast and marketing contracts through bribes to FIFA officials. — AFP.