This combination of file photos shows South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) regional officials implicated in the bribery and corruption scandal engulfing FIFA.
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FIFA faced renewed doubt Friday over its ability to root out systemic corruption after a new wave of U.S. indictments targeting top officials and a mixed response to much-hyped reforms.The fresh charges – including the predawn arrests of two FIFA vice presidents at a luxury Zurich hotel – overshadowed the release of a reform plan that FIFA leadership hoped would change the narrative about its tarnished organization. The officials snatched at the plush Baur au Lac hotel – Juan Angel Napout, who heads the South American Football Confederation, and Alfredo Hawit, president of the Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean – were banned Friday from football for 90 days by FIFA's ethics committee. Separate from the U.S. charges, FIFA's suspended President Sepp Blatter has become the target of a Swiss criminal investigation.
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