Football: Swiss authorities arrest a seventh top Fifa official as corruption scandal widens

A combination of file pictures made on May 27, 2015 shows Fifa officials (left to right, from upper row) Rafael Esquivel, Nicolas Leoz, Jeffrey Webb, Jack Warner, Eduardo Li, Eugenio Figueredo and Jose Maria Marin. The seven men were arrested on Frid
A combination of file pictures made on May 27, 2015 shows Fifa officials (left to right, from upper row) Rafael Esquivel, Nicolas Leoz, Jeffrey Webb, Jack Warner, Eduardo Li, Eugenio Figueredo and Jose Maria Marin. The seven men were arrested on Friday in an early-morning raid by Swiss police, acting on a request from the US authorities. -- PHOTO: AFP 

GENEVA (AFP) - Swiss authorities on Wednesday said a seventh top football official was arrested following a US request in a corruption probe that has sent Fifa into turmoil.

Football's top body, based in the Swiss city of Zurich, has been plagued by corruption allegations over decades but Wednesday's shock arrests were the biggest blow to its reputation so far.

"In the course of the morning, a further wanted soccer official has been arrested further to a request from the United States," the attorney-general's office said, naming a seventh man.

It said the seven officials being held were Eugenio Figueredo, Fifa vice president and executive committee member from Uruguay; Costa Rican Eduardo Li, who was supposed to join the Fifa executive committee; and Brazilian football federation chief Jose Maria Marin, a member of Fifa's organising committee for the Olympic football tournaments.

The others were Nicaraguan Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, attache to the Concacaf president, and Cayman Islands' Jeffrey Webb, the Fifa vice president and executive committee member, and Rafael Esquivel, president of the Venezuelan Football Federation.

The arrests follow a US probe into a bribery and kickback scheme spanning two decades.

After the Zurich arrests, the US justice department announced conspiracy and corruption charges against nine Fifa officials and five business executives.


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