The corruption charges leveled at seven officials of football's governing body don't involve entities under the soccer authority's control at all, Jerome Champagne, a former candidate for FIFA's top spot, told CNBC.
FIFA, or the Federation Internationale de Football Association, has no authority over continental branches, he said.
"FIFA is composed by the 209 national (football associations). However, they have the right to group themselves in configurations which are not members of FIFA," Champagne said. "These continental structures have always been extremely reluctant and refuse FIFA to intervene in their own business."
He noted all of the alleged criminal acts in the Department of Justice indictment were tied to properties and sports events related to two confederations, CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) and CONMEBOL (South American Football Confederation).
"FIFA itself has not been involved," Champagne said.