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Fifa probe pair turn themselves in

Two Argentine businessmen wanted in the United States in connection with a Fifa bribery case have turned themselves in to authorities.

The official news agency Telam reported that Hugo Jinkis and son Mariano presented themselves at a federal courthouse in Buenos Aires.

Telam reported that the men and their lawyers stated their intention to fight a US extradition order and requested house arrest rather than jail while they do so.

US prosecutors say that the men were part of a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme for the rights to broadcast Copa America games.

The men were among 14 soccer and business officials indicted by the US Justice Department in a sweeping investigation into alleged bribery, racketeering and money-laundering.

The Jinkis are owners of the Full Play, a sports marketing and broadcasting company. According to US authorities, the company paid millions of dollars in bribes to secure rights to several games during four Copa America tournaments, which feature national teams from South America.

The men were also charged by Argentine authorities with tax evasion related to the Fifa charges, and warrants were issued for their arrest in late May.


From Belfast Telegraph