Very early on Wednesday morning, Swiss authorities swooped into Zurich’s five-star Baur au Lac hotel to arrest several high-ranking FIFA officials on corruption charges. The goal: Extradition to the United States, where nine FIFA officials and four corporate defendants face charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies. Six other parties have already been convicted in and are cooperating with the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) ongoing investigation.
A DOJ press release, sent out hours after the initial arrest, named the following prominent FIFA officials as indicted defendants:
- Jeffrey Webb – the current CONCACAF president and a FIFA vice-president, which gives him a seat on the exclusive FIFA executive committee. CONCACAF is the governing body the oversees soccer throughout North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
- Eduardo Li – the Costa Rican soccer federation president and a member-elect to the executive committee.
- Julio Rocha – the former Nicaraguan federation president is current a FIFA development officer.
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