Another day, and another batch of details have emerged in the ongoing FIFA corruption scandal.
News from Italy is that Argentine businessman Alejandro Burzaco has turned himself into police after being indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of their investigations into alleged corruption at FIFA.
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In total 18 people have so far been indicted by the FBI, which includes 13 FIFA officials.
Burzaco, who is the president of sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias, is currently in jail in Italy and could face extradition to the U.S. He was accompanied by a lawyer as he handed himself in, while the Italian police will decide later on Tuesday whether or not he is a flight risk and to put him under house arrest.
It has emerged that Burzaco was actually staying at the luxury Swiss hotel in Zurich which was raided and FIFA officials were arrested after a request to the Swiss police by the FBI on May 27. However, Burazco was seen eating breakfast in the hotel after the raids were finished and then disappeared. A red alert for wanted persons was released by Interpol last week and Burzaco’s name was one of the six men mentioned.
Burzaco merged his company with Hugo and Mariano Jinkis (also indicted by the FBI) to form part of Datisa and are alleged to have paid $110 million in bribes to officials for the exclusive worldwide rights to the 2015, 2019 and 2023 Copa America tournaments, plus the 2016 Copa America Centenario being hosted in the USA. The FBI indictment states that Datisa paid bribes to Jeffrey Webb, Eugenio Figueredo, Rafael Esquivel, Jose Maria Marin, Nicolas Leoz and several other soccer officials.
From Europe to the Carribbean, and more details have also arrived from Trinidad and Tobago as disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner is being investigated by U.S. prosecutors after $750,000 raised by FIFA and the Korean Football Association to help rebuild Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010 went missing.
In documents shown to the BBC it is alleged that Warner handled the money meant for Haiti personally and used the $750,000 for himself. So far, Warner has denied all charges.
Warner is currently awaiting extradition from Trinidad and Tobago to stand trial in the U.S. as one of the 13 present or former FIFA officials indicted in the shocking corruption scandal which has brought world soccer’s governing body to its knees.
On top of that FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter announced he is to resign after 18 years in charge of the organization, with a successor to be elected at an extraordinary congress which will take place sometime between December 2015 and March 2016.