FIFA official agrees to extradition

Bern – One of the seven FIFA officials arrested in
Zurich as part of an American corruption probe
has agreed to be extradited to the United States,
Swiss authorities say.
Switzerland’s Federal Office of Justice didn’t
identify the official involved, saying in a statement
that he “wished not to be named at the moment.”
The official, who initially had contested his
extradition, changed his mind to be extradited on
Thursday afternoon. The office said it approved
his extradition immediately but that, in keeping
with its usual practice, it would not give details of
when he would be handed over.
Under Swiss law, he must be collected by a U.S.
police escort and taken to New York within 10
days.

The seven men arrested in raids on a luxury hotel
in Zurich on May 27, where FIFA has its
headquarters, included current and former
members of FIFA’s executive committee.
The United States submitted a formal request for
their extradition at the beginning of July.
The widening American investigation alleges
bribery and racketeering worth more than $150m
involving high-ranking FIFA officials over a 24-
year span.
The official who has agreed to be extradited, is
accused of accepting bribes totaling millions of
dollars in connection with the sale of marketing
rights to various sports marketing firms and
keeping the money for himself, the Swiss justice
office said.
Those rights were related to the broadcast of
World Cup qualifiers, regional tournaments and
continental championships in North and South
America.

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