Sports World: Ex-Guatemalan football official guilty of bribery

Ex-Guatemalan football official guilty of bribery

NEW YORK • A Guatemalan judge who once served as general secretary of Guatemala's football federation pleaded guilty on Friday to wire fraud and conspiracy charges in the worldwide scandal engulfing the sport.

Hector Trujillo, 63, was charged as part of an US probe into the payment of more than US$200 million (S$276 million) of bribes and kickbacks to football officials, in exchange for marketing and broadcast rights.

He faces up to 20 years in prison on each count at his scheduled Sept 20 sentencing.


Uefa head does not want 2030 WC to be 'sold off'

CARDIFF • Europe should host the 2030 World Cup, not the country who is the highest bidder, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has said.

This week, smartphone maker Vivo became the latest football World Cup sponsor from China. That has lent more ammunition to those who believe China will bid for the 2030 edition.

Ceferin, however, insisted that the World Cup "should not be sold to the ones who want to pay the most".


Federer to return from lay off at Stuttgart Open

STUTTGART • Roger Federer will return to action at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart on June 14, ending his 10-week break from the sport, the tournament's director said.

The Swiss tennis star skipped the entire clay-court season, including the French Open, to focus on preparing for Wimbledon.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 04, 2017, with the headline 'SportsWorld'. Print Edition | Subscribe