Here is a look at the seven soccer officials arrested in Switzerland on warrants issued by the U.S. Justice Department after a corruption probe involving FIFA members. All seven are connected with the regional confederations of North and South America and face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Authorities want them extradited to the United States:
Jeffrey Webb, Cayman Islands
He is a vice president and an executive committee member of FIFA, as well as the president of CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North America, the Caribbean and Central America.
The 50-year-old Webb is also an executive committee member for the Caribbean Football Union and the president of the Cayman Islands Football Association. He is a lawyer and banker in the Cayman Islands, and has been mentioned by FIFA President Sepp Blatter as his possible successor as president at the world governing body.
Webb became CONCACAF president after replacing Jack Warner, who resigned amid corruption allegations in 2011. Warner also resigned from his FIFA vice-presidency at the time.
Eugenio Figueredo, Uruguay
He is a vice president and an executive committee member of FIFA, as well as a former president of CONMEBOL, soccer’s governing body in South America. He was CONMEBOL’s vice president for nearly a decade, and is also a former president of the Uruguayan soccer federation.
The 83-year-old Figueredo was ahead of South American soccer since 2013, after former president Nicolas Leoz resigned citing health problems while under investigation for corruption. His tenure at CONMEBOL ended last year and he was eventually appointed a chairman of the World Cup organizing committee for FIFA.
A former athlete, salesman and sports journalist, Figueredo was the president of the Uruguayan federation from 1997-2006. He was accused of benefiting his own club, Huracan Buceo, and last year a Uruguayan judge requested an investigation into Figueredo after accusations of wrongdoing related to television deals.
Jose Maria Marin, Brazil
He was the president of the Brazilian soccer confederation from 2012 until April. He remains a vice president. He was the president of the 2014 World Cup organizing committee and is a member of the FIFA organizing committee for the Olympic football tournament at the 2016 Rio Games.
The 83-year-old Marin, a career politician, made headlines in 2012 when he was captured by TV cameras putting a winner’s medal in his pocket during an under-18 championship. Marin was never accused of any wrongdoing by organizers and said the medal was given to him.
He took over the Brazilian confederation from embattled official Ricardo Teixeira, whose contentious 23-year stint in charge of the sport in Brazil ended amid allegations that he took kickbacks from former FIFA marketing partner ISL in the 1990s.
A former lawyer and player for Brazilian club Sao Paulo, Marin became Sao Paulo state governor in 1982 and ran for Sao Paulo mayor in 2000. He presided over the Sao Paulo state soccer federation for nearly five years in the 1980s, and was Brazil’s chief of delegation at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
The newly built headquarters of the Brazilian confederation in Rio de Janeiro is named after Marin.
Eduardo Li, Costa Rica
He is a member-elect of the FIFA executive committee and a member of CONCACAF’s executive committee. He has been the president of the Costa Rica soccer federation since 2007.
A civil engineer and son of Chinese immigrants, Li became involved in football in 2004 after buying the franchise of a first-division club.
He has been credited with some of the recent successes of Costa Rica, including the national team’s appearance in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Costa Rica authorities have already opened an investigation against Li.
Julio Rocha, Nicaragua
He is a FIFA development officer, and a former president of the Central American Football Union and the Nicaraguan soccer federation.
The 64-year-old Rocha was head of Nicaraguan soccer for nearly three decades before leaving in 2012, when FIFA hired him to be in charge of the sport’s development in Mexico and Central America.
He was criticized locally for not promoting significant improvement to Nicaraguan soccer despite his several years as head of the federation, as well as for taking six years to build a local stadium estimated to cost $32 million, of which $1.2 million came from FIFA.
Rafael Esquivel, Venezuela
He is a vice president of CONMEBOL and the president of the Venezuelan soccer federation since 1988.
The 68-year-old official, a former player, has faced numerous allegations of wrongdoing in his administration but has never been found guilty.
In 2005, FIFA threatened to leave Venezuela out of the 2006 World Cup qualifying tournament because of an internal dispute between federation members. Some of them went to court, which is against FIFA regulations, putting the national team’s participation in doubt. The dispute was settled after the lawsuits were dropped.
Costas Takkas, Britain
He is an assistant to CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, and the former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association.
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