Former FIFA official pleads guilty to charges in Uruguay

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 26, 2015 09:00 AM
Former FIFA official pleads guilty to charges in Uruguay
Former FIFA Vice President Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay, left, leaves the courthouse via a back door, after he was extradited from Switzerland to face fraud and money laundering charges in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. The 83-year-old was arrested on May 27 and had been detained in a Zurich-area jail before being extradited back to Uruguay. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A former top FIFA official caught up in a U.S. probe of corruption in soccer has pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering charges in his native Uruguay.

Uruguayan prosecutor Juan Gomez tells The Associated Press that Eugenio Figueredo also acknowledged receiving bribes during a Thursday hearing.

Figueredo is a former president of the South American soccer confederation, CONMEBOL, and a former FIFA vice president.

A judge ordered Figueredo held in custody ahead of sentencing while the probe proceeds. Figueredo's lawyer says he will appeal for house arrest.

The 83-year-old is one of several top soccer officials charged by the U.S. Justice Department with accepting bribes in exchange for commercial rights to tournaments, including the Copa America. U.S. prosecutors have also requested Figueredo's extradition.

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