US officers execute search warrant at CONCACAF Miami in FIFA-related case
MOSCOW, May 27 (RAPSI) – US police are executing a search warrant at the Florida headquarters of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) in Miami, R-Sport reported, citing a US Department of Justice press release.
The DoJ Office of Public Affairs said in a statement released on Wednesday that nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives have been indicted for racketeering conspiracy and corruption.
Prosecutors have been referencing a 24-year corruption scheme at the top of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the organization responsible for the regulation and promotion of soccer worldwide. The charges mention various criminal activities, including fraud, bribery and money laundering and conspiring to solicit and receive millions in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for the official support of the sports marketing executives who agreed to make the unlawful payments.
Seven of the defendants were arrested in a Zurich hotel, where they met for the upcoming election of the FIFA president on May 29.
The officials charged with racketeering and bribery include Jeffrey Webb, current FIFA vice president and executive committee member, CONCACAF president; Jack Warner, former FIFA vice president and executive committee member, former CONCACAF president; and Eugenio Figueredo, current FIFA vice president and executive committee member.
Jack Warner and members of his family allegedly accepted about $2 million from a Qatari company after Qatar won the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Warner was also mentioned in connection with reported corruption at FIFA and CONCACAF. He claimed that FIFA allocated $6 million towards an athletic training center in Trinidad and Tobago in return for supporting Sepp Blatter’s first election as FIFA president in 1998.