Five current and former members of FIFA's ruling executive committee were among 16 additional men indicted on corruption charges Thursday as part of US prosecutors' widening investigation into soccer corruption. The indictment takes down an entire generation of soccer leaders in South America, a bedrock of FIFA and World Cup history. "The betrayal of trust set forth here is outrageous," US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said. "The scale of corruption alleged herein is unconscionable." Led away by Swiss federal police in a pre-dawn raid at a Zurich hotel were Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, president of the South American confederation, and Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, head of the North and Central American and Caribbean governing body.
Ricardo Teixeira, a former Brazilian federation head, also was indicted. In addition, former CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb and former executive committee member Luis Bedoya were among those whose guilty pleas were unsealed. Eleven current and former members of FIFA's executive committee have now been charged in the investigation, which alleges hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. "The message from this announcement should be clear to every culpable individual who remains in the shadows, hoping to evade our investigation: You will not wait us out. You will not escape our focus," Lynch said.