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Disgrace of Fifa bribes ex-premier

By Staff Reporter

A former President of Honduras has admitted to taking bribes in the Fifa football scandal.

Rafael Callejas, a member of Fifa's television and marketing committee, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges yesterday in federal court in New York.

He told the judge that he had accepted bribes and distributed some of the money to others and knew it was wrong.

An indictment alleged that in 2012 a marketing firm wired $500,000 to a Panama bank account so it could be paid as bribes to Callejas and another soccer official in exchange for broadcasting rights to qualifier matches for the 2022 World Cup.

He was President of Honduras from 1990 to 1994.

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