Suspended FIFA president Hawit extradited to US

Switzerland extradited suspended senior FIFA official Alfredo Hawit to the United States on Wednesday, the Swiss Justice Ministry said.

Hawit, president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and a vice president of the football world governing body FIFA, was arrested on December 3 in Zurich on US corruption charges.

Along with a row of other Latin American football officials, Hawit is accused of having taken large bribes in exchange for awarding marketing contracts for football tournaments.

Hawit, a Honduran national, was flown to New York after having agreed to his extradition last week.

Six of the nine football officials who were arrested in Zurich in May and December as part of the US corruption case have now been handed over to the United States.

Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas and Rafael Esquivel continue to contest their extradition and remain in Swiss custody. GNA

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