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Costa Rican ex-soccer official pleads guilty to conspiracy

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2008, file photo, Eduardo Li, then-president of Costa Rica's National Soccer Federation, is shown in Santa Ana, Costa Rica. The former head of the Costa Rican soccer federation has pleaded guilty in New York to conspiracy and other charges. Eduardo Li admitted in Friday's, Oct. 7, 2016, plea that he took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from sports marketing executives and others. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2008, file photo, Eduardo Li, then-president of Costa Rica's National Soccer Federation, is shown in Santa Ana, Costa Rica. The former head of the Costa Rican soccer federation has pleaded guilty in New York to conspiracy and other charges. Eduardo Li admitted in Friday's, Oct. 7, 2016, plea that he took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from sports marketing executives and others. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert, File)  (The Associated Press)

A former head of the Costa Rican soccer federation has pleaded guilty in New York to conspiracy and other charges.

Eduardo Li admitted in Friday's plea that he took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from sports marketing executives and others.

He's among about 20 soccer officials indicted on charges stemming from a U.S. investigation of corruption in the sport. The sprawling investigation touches on bribes and kickbacks involving FIFA (FEE'-fuh), soccer's governing body.

FIFA is still trying to shake off the toxic legacy of former president Sepp Blatter, whose 17 years in charge were abruptly halted last October as the extent of his financial misdemeanors started to unravel. Blatter has denied wrongdoing in authorizing a $2 million payment to a former FIFA vice president in 2011.