Latest Sports Scores

Scoreboard

  • ALL
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • NCAAB
  • NBA
  • 3/30 7:30 PM EDT
    BKN0
    DET0
  • 3/30 8:00 PM EDT
    CLE0
    CHI0
  • 3/30 8:00 PM EDT
    LAL0
    MIN0
  • 3/30 10:00 PM EDT
    LAC0
    PHO0
  • 3/30 10:30 PM EDT
    HOU0
    POR0
  • NHL
  • 3/30 7:00 PM EDT
    CBJ0
    CAR0
  • 3/30 7:00 PM EDT
    NYI0
    PHI0
  • 3/30 7:30 PM EDT
    DET0
    TB0
  • 3/30 7:30 PM EDT
    FLA0
    MTL0
  • 3/30 7:30 PM EDT
    DAL0
    BOS0
  • 3/30 8:00 PM EDT
    TOR0
    NSH0
  • 3/30 8:00 PM EDT
    ANA0
    WPG0
  • 3/30 8:00 PM EDT
    OTT0
    MIN0
  • 3/30 9:00 PM EDT
    SJ0
    EDM0
  • CBK
  • 3/30 8:00 PM EDT
    GATECH0
    TCU0

Ex-soccer official Takkas pleads not guilty in U.S. bribery case

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

FIFA Ethics Investigator Recommends Life Ban for Former Soccer Presidents

Costas Takkas, former secretary-general of the Cayman Islands Football Association, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to U.S. charges that he participated in bribery schemes under investigation at world soccer's governing body, FIFA.

Takkas, who was extradited from Switzerland, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to charges that include engaging in conspiracies to commit racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.

He was released on a $1 million bond, said Nellin McIntosh, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, said in an email. Takkas will be under house arrest in Miami, she said.

A lawyer for Takkas did not respond to a request for comment.

Takkas, a British citizen, is among 42 individuals and entities charged as part of a U.S. investigation into more than $200 million in bribes and kickbacks sought by soccer officials for marketing and broadcast rights to tournaments and matches.

He was arrested in Zurich along with six other soccer officials in May 2015 as the U.S. Justice Department unveiled the blockbuster case, which has sent Switzerland-based FIFA and other governing bodies into an unprecedented crisis.

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) approved the extradition of Takkas, a former attaché to the president of the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), in October.

The FOJ said on Tuesday in a statement that his appeal of the extradition was rejected on March 3.

It said it had turned down a similar appeal from Julio Rocha, former president of the Nicaraguan Football Federation and the last remaining FIFA official in Swiss custody.

"This decision is not yet legally binding as Rocha has 10 days in which to lodge an appeal with the Federal Supreme Court," the FOJ said.

Follow AOL Sports on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners

This Elephant Was Separated From Her Mother As A Baby - But She's About To Get A Huge This Elephant Was Separated From Her Mother As A Baby - But She's About To Get A Huge
Man Built This Contraption In His Backyard - And Even He Was Surprised How Well It Worked Man Built This Contraption In His Backyard - And Even He Was Surprised How Well It Worked
19 of the Creepiest, Most Inexplicable Things People Ever Experienced 19 of the Creepiest, Most Inexplicable Things People Ever Experienced