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FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb is among nine officials of soccer’s governing body and five corporate executives indicted today by the U.S. Department of Justice on racketeering, conspiracy and corruption charges dating to 1991.
The soccer officials are charged with conspiring to solicit and receive more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks.
Webb, a 50-year-old from the Cayman Islands, also is president of Concacaf, the federation overseeing North and Central American soccer. The others charged are:
- Eugenio Figueredo, 83, of U.S. and Uruguay. The FIFA executive committee member was replaced in March as the head of South American soccer.
- Jack Warner, 72, of Trinidad and Tobago. The former FIFA vice president quit the sport in 2011 amid an investigation into vote buying.
- José Maria Marin, 83, who helped organize the 2014 World Cup as president of the Brazilian soccer federation. He’s a member of the FIFA organizing committee for the Olympic football tournaments.
- Eduardo Li, 56, of Costa Rica, which hosted the women’s under 17 World Cup tournament in 2014.
- Rafael Esquivel, 68, from Venezuela, a member of FIFA’s disciplinary committee.
- Nicolas Leoz, 86, of Paraguay. He resigned as member of the FIFA executive committee and president of Conmebol, the South American soccer confederation, in 2013.
- Julio Rocha, 64, of Nicaragua.
- Costas Takkas, 58, of U.K. Current attaché to the Concacaf president.
Sports marketing executives:
- Alejandro Burzaco, 50, controlling principal of Torneos y Competencias SA of Argentina.
- Aaron Davidson, 44, president of Traffic Sports USA Inc.
- Hugo Jinkis, 70, controlling principal of Full Play Group SA of Argentina.
- Mariano Jinkis, 40, controlling principal of Full Play Group SA of Argentina.
- Jose Margulies, also known as Jose Lazaro, 75, of Brazil.
Convicted defendants include:
- Charles Blazer, 70, former FIFA executive committee member from U.S.
- Jose Hawilla, 71, founder of Traffic Group, a Brazilian sports marketing conglomerate
- Daryan Warner, 46 of Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada
- Daryll Warner, 40 of U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago
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