A federal judge in the US will rule in a matter of days whether to set a date in the FIFA corruption case brought by the Department of Justice.
“I will have an order out before the end of the week,” Judge Raymond Dearie said at a short hearing on Wednesday (13 April), with reference to setting a trial date.
The prosecution, representing the US government, has proposed what it calls an “aggressive but achievable” schedule that would begin jury selection on 27 February, 2017 at the Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York.
So far 15 individuals have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution for a reduced sentence.
Eight defendants have entered not guilty pleas and another nine have extradition requests from the US government pending.
In court on 13 April were six of the eight defendants who plead not guilty including the former heads of the football associations in Brazil (Jose Maria Marin), Costa Rica (Eduardo Li), Guatemala (Hector Trujillo), Venezuela (Rafael Esquivel) and former Cayman Islands Football Association General Secretary Costas Takkas.
The court scheduled the next hearing for 3 August.