Switzerland has approved the extradition of former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo to the United States, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice announced Thursday.
Swiss authorities working with the United States Department of Justice arrested Figueredo and thirteen other FIFA officials in May for allegedly accepting over $100 million in bribes. The U.S. requested extradition in July. The F.O.J.’s ruling is not final—Figueredo has 30 days to appeal.
Figueredo is accused of taking bribes from a sports marketing company in exchange for rights to the 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2023 Copa America tournaments, according to the F.O.J. He contested earlier attempts at extradition.
In the wake of the widespread arrests, the D.O.J. has only begun one of its trials against FIFA. Former vice president Jeffrey Webb agreed to extradition and pleaded not guilty to accepting bribes in June.
All of the officials arrested were indicted in the U.S.
– Rohan Nadkarni