In their speeches, most candidates alluded to ongoing criminal investigations by the United States and Switzerland without explicitly mentioning them.
At yesterday’s Concacaf congress, Champagne was the only one to break from that and directly acknowledge the elephant in the room.
“I lived in the United States for five years, which means I have passed the test of discussing with American authorities how to get out of this situation,” Champagne said. “I’ve been living in Switzerland 18 years, which means I’ve passed the test of discussing with Swiss authorities.”
The Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation unit are coordinating the United States’ far-reaching inquiry. So far, the Eastern District of New York has charged 41 defendants: 28 soccer officials, 11 businesspeople and 2 companies. Fourteen of them have pleaded guilty, and those 14 have promised to pay…