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CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb charged over FIFA corruption claims
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CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb charged over FIFA corruption claims
Wednesday May 27th, 2015

Nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives were indicted Wednesday morning on charges including racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.

The 14 defendants were charged with a 47-count indictment in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., charged in connection with their participation in an alleged 24-year scheme to enrich themselves "through the corruption of international soccer," according to the Department of Justice's report.

Seven of the defendants were arrested in Zurich at the request of the United States: Jeffrey Webb, Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Eugenio Figueredo, Rafael Esquivel and Jose Maria Marin.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter was not among the defendants charged.

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From the Department of Justice's report, here's who's who:

Nine of the defendants were FIFA officials by operation of the FIFA statutes, as well as officials of one or more other bodies:

  • 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. Arrested.
  • Eduardo Li: Current FIFA executive committee member-elect, CONCACAF executive committee member and Costa Rican soccer federation (FEDEFUT) president. Arrested.
  • Julio Rocha: Current FIFA development officer. Former Central American Football Union (UNCAF) president and Nicaraguan soccer federation (FENIFUT) president. Arrested.
  • Costas Takkas: Current attaché to the CONCACAF president. Former CIFA general secretary. Arrested.
  • Jack Warner: Former FIFA vice president and executive committee member, CONCACAF president, Caribbean Football Union 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. Arrested
  • Rafael Esquivel: Current CONMEBOL executive committee member and Venezuelan soccer federation (FVF) president. Arrested.
  • José Maria Marin: Current member of the FIFA organizing committee for the Olympic football tournaments. Former Brazilian Football Confederation president. Arrested.
  • Nicolás Leoz: Former FIFA executive committee member and CONMEBOL president.

Four of the defendants were sports marketing executives:

  • Alejandro Burzaco: Controlling principal of Torneos y Competencias S.A., a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliates.
  • Aaron Davidson: President of Traffic Sports USA Inc. (Traffic USA).
  • Hugo and Mariano Jinkis: Controlling principals of Full Play Group S.A., a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliates

One defendant was in the broadcasting business, allegedly serving as an intermediary to facilitate illicit payments between sports marketing executives and soccer officials:

  • José Margulies: Controlling principal of Valente Corp. and Somerton Ltd.

​The full Department of Justice report can be read here.

- Jeremy Woo

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