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Fifa corruption arrests: officials charged over corruption are named by US Department of Justice

By Adam Withnall

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has released its indictment against Fifa officials as part of a corruption probe against football's governing body.

It named the officials involved, and in a press release said that seven had been arrested in Switzerland as they gathered for Fifa's Congress.

"After decades of brazen corruption, organised international soccer needs a new start," the release said.

Here's the list of indicted officials, plus their roles, in full:

• Jeffrey Webb: Current Fifa vice president and executive committee member, Concacaf president, Caribbean Football Union (CFU) executive committee member and Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) president.

• Eduardo Li: Current Fifa executive committee member-elect, Concacaf executive committee member and Costa Rican soccer federation (FEDEFUT) president.

• Julio Rocha: Current Fifa development officer.  Former Central American Football Union (UNCAF) president and Nicaraguan soccer federation (FENIFUT) president.

• Costas Takkas: Current attaché to the Concacaf president.  Former CIFA general secretary.

• Jack Warner: Former Fifa vice president and executive committee member, Concacaf president, CFU president and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) special adviser.

• Eugenio Figueredo: Current Fifa vice president and executive committee member.  Former CONMEBOL president and Uruguayan soccer federation (AUF) president.

• Rafael Esquivel: Current CONMEBOL executive committee member and Venezuelan soccer federation (FVF) president.

• José Maria Marin: Current member of the Fifa organizing committee for the Olympic football tournaments.  Former CBF president.

• Nicolás Leoz: Former Fifa executive committee member and CONMEBOL president.

The US DoJ said four of the defendants were sports marketing executives, and named them as Alejandro Burzaco from Torneos y Competencias SA, Aaron Davidson from Traffic Sports USA, and Hugo and Mariano Jinkis from Full Play Group SA.

It said one of the defendants was in the broadcasting business but allegedly served as an intermediary to facilitate illicit payments between sports marketing executives and soccer officials, naming him as José Margulies.

Source: Independent

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