Former FENIFUT head Julio Rocha has died ©Getty Images

Former Nicaraguan Football Federation (FENIFUT) President Julio Rocha, convicted of corruption offences in the United States, has died at the age of 67.

Rocha, one of those arrested in a dawn raid by authorities in Zurich in May 2015, passed away following a long battle with cancer.

The Nicaraguan official had been under house arrest in the US after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in December 2016.

He was awaiting sentencing at the time of his death.

Rocha's family members had pleaded for his return to Nicaragua due to the illness, which he is reported to have had for several months.

Rocha served as President of the FENIFUT for 26 years from 1987 to 2013 and was a former FIFA development officer.

He also worked as a development director for the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.

Julio Rocha was awaiting sentencing at the time of his death at the age of 67 ©Getty Images
Julio Rocha was awaiting sentencing at the time of his death at the age of 67 ©Getty Images

Rocha had previously pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in May 2016 after prosecutors alleged he had received up to $150,000 (£110,000/€123,000) in bribes in connection with the sale of marketing rights for matches in the region.

It meant he was due to face trial before he then admitted receiving bribes in exchange for awarding contracts to companies for the media and marketing rights to FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Rocha, who was facing up to 20 years in prison for each offence, was banned for life by FIFA's Ethics Committee in November of last year.

The 67-year-old was one of 42 officials and entities indicted for corruption by the United States Department of Justice.

Former FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout and ex-Brazilian Football Federation head Jose Maria Marin were convicted following a dramatic trial in New York City last month.

Manuel Burga, the ex-head of the Peruvian Football Federation, was acquitted.