NEW YORK: Eduardo Li, a former Costa Rican football federation president, who was arrested last year in the FIFAGate corruption investigation, is expected to plead guilty to corruption charges brought by the United States Department of Justice.

Like many of his fellow defendants, Li is believed to be discussing a plea-bargain deal with the US authorities.

Li had been about to take up a place on the executive committee of world governing body FIFA when he was detained by Swiss police on a US extradition warrant on May 27 last year.

He is also a former member of the executive committee of the scanda-racked central and north American confederation, CONCACAF.

Li, 57, is one of 42 individuals and entities charged as part of the US investigation which is scheduled to lead to a trial starting in November next year.