Interpol has issued an international wanted persons alerts on behalf of the U.S. for two former FIFA officials and four corporate executives indicted in the FBI’s investigation into corruption at world soccer’s governing body.
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Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner and Executive Committee member Nicholas Leoz are the past FIFA officials wanted as both were indicted, along with seven other high-ranking FIFA officials, last Wednesday.
Warner is on bail in Trindiad, while Leoz is believed to be under house-arrest in Paraguay as the U.S. would like to extradite both men for questioning regarding the corruption allegations.
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This news comes less than 24 hours after Sepp Blatter revealed he is to resign as FIFA’s president after 17 years in the role. Here is the statement in full from Interpol:
At the request of US authorities, INTERPOL Red Notices – or international wanted persons alerts – have been issued for two former FIFA officials and four corporate executives for charges including racketeering, conspiracy and corruption.
The Red Notices have been issued for;
- Jack Warner, Trinidad & Tobago national, former FIFA vice president and executive committee member, CONCACAF president, CFU president and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) special adviser.
- Nicolás Leoz, Paraguayan national, former FIFA executive committee member and CONMEBOL president.
- Alejandro Burzaco, Argentine national, controlling principal of Torneos y Competencias S.A., a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliates
- Hugo Jinkis and Mariano Jinkis, Argentine nationals, controlling principals of Full Play Group S.A., a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliate
- Jose Margulies (also known as José Lazaro), Brazilian national, controlling principal of Valente Corp. and Somerton Ltd., broadcasting businesses.