Ex-assistant of football federation leader pleads guilty in scandal

NEW YORK – A former assistant of the president of the North American professional soccer federation has pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy in a global football scandal.

Costas Takkas (KAH’-stuhs TAH’-kuhs) worked at the CONCACAF (KAHN’-kuh-kaf), the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football. He went in on the request Wednesday in federal court in New York City.

The British citizen is the former secretary-general of the Cayman Islands Football Association.

He was accused of demanding and accepting a bribe of millions of dollars for the then-CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, linked to the sale of the marketing rights for the world cup qualifiers. Webb pleaded guilty to extortion charges and awaits sentencing.

The case is part of a vast persecution that caused unrest in the FIFA, the governing body of international football.

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