Nine soccer officials and five sports marketing or banking executives have been indicted in New York on various charges alleging they corrupted the sport by participating in a scheme in which the officials accepted bribes for their assistance in winning the rights to broadcast and/or market some of international soccer’s top events. A look at the targets of the indictments:
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Jeffrey Webb (Cayman Islands)
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Webb, 50, is a vice president of FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, and has been president of CONCACAF, which manages the sports in North and Central America and the Caribbean, since 2012. In 2013, he was appointed chairman of FIFA’s anti-discrimination task force. In September 2014, he called for public release of the Garcia Report, which investigated the bidding process for the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments. Those competition went to Russia and Qatar, respectively.
Eugenio Figueredo (Uruguay)
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Figueredo, 83, was president of Uruguay's soccer federation from 1997 to 2006, and was vice president of CONMEBOL, South American soccer’s governing body, from 1993 to 2013.
Jack Warner (Trinidad and Tobago)
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Warner, 72, was a FIFA vice president and president of CONCACAF until May 2011. FIFA’s ethics committee began proceedings against Warner in connection with three separate charges of corruption and/or bribery. He was suspended and then resigned on May 29, 2011. His resignation brought an end to the investigation. “The presumption of innocence is maintained,” FIFA said in announcing his departure. In 2013, CONCACAF’s integrity committee published a report charging that Warner committed fraud against the organization and FIFA and had misappropriated funds from FIFA.
Eduardo Li (Costa Rica)
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Li, 56, is the president of Costa Rica's soccer federation and was in charge of 2014’s Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. He was scheduled to become a member of FIFA's executive committee this week.
Julio Rocha (Nicaragua)
Rocha, 64, is FIFA’s development officer, the former president of the Nicaraguan soccer federation and the former president of the Central American Football Union.
Costas Takkas (Cayman Islands)
Takkas, 58, is the attache to the president of CONCACAF (Webb) and the former general secretary of the Cayman Islands soccer federation.
Rafael Esquivel (Venezuela)
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Esquivel, 68, is the president of Venezuela's soccer federation and a member of the executive committee of CONMEBOL.
Jose Maria Marin (Brazil)
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Marin, 83, is a member of FIFA’s organizing committee for Olympic soccer tournaments and is a former president of Brazil’s soccer federation.
Nicolas Leoz (Paraguay)
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Leoz, 86, is a former member of FIFA’s executive committee and a former president of CONMEBOL.
Alejandro Burzaco (Argentina)
Burzaco, 50, is the owner of Torneos y Competencias, a sports marketing business based in Argentina.
Aaron Davidson (United States)
Davidson, 44, is the president of Traffic Sports USA and a former chairman of the North American Soccer League.
Hugo Jinkis (Argentina)
Jinkis, 70, is a sports marketing executive.
Mariano Jinkis (Argentina)
Jinkis, 40, is Hugo’s son. He and his father are the controlling principals of Full Play Group.
Jose Margulies (Brazil)
Marguiles, 75, is the controlling owner of Valente Corp.