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FIFA vice president Hawit agrees to extradition

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 6 Jan 2016

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Suspended FIFA vice-president Alfredo Hawit has agreed to be extradited to the United States to face charges of corruption.

The former CONCACAF president was issued a 90-day ban from footballing activities in December after being detained by Swiss police following raids on a Zurich hotel in May of last year.

Hawit is accused of “accepting bribes totalling millions of dollars in connection with the sale to various sports marketing firms of marketing rights to football tournaments in Latin America”, according to the Swiss Federal Office of Justice.

Having initially contested his extradition, Hawit has now agreed to be sent to the USA and must be escorted from Switzerland by American police within the next 10 days.

The 64-year-old had previously denied any wrongdoing and appealed against his suspension by FIFA, which was rejected.

Fellow FIFA official Juan Angel Napout, who was suspended alongside Hawit, agreed to his own extradition last month.

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