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El Salvador: Top football chief arrested in connection with FIFA scandal02:16

El Salvador: Top football chief arrested in connection with FIFA scandal

El Salvador, San Salvador
December 17, 2015 at 09:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

The former Soccer Federation President of El Salvador, Reynaldo Vasquez, arrived at police headquarters in San Salvador, Wednesday, on corruption charges associated with the ongoing scandals blighting the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA). The arrest comes after Washington recently called for the arrest and extradition of 16 new FIFA defendants, who are wanted on bribery charges. Vasquez has been connected with five cases linked to commercial deals for the broadcasting of qualifiers in both the 2014 and 2018 world cups.

The 59-year-old businessman arrived at police headquarters for questioning after being arrested earlier on Wednesday in the Costa del Sol tourist area, 34 kilometres (21 miles) south of San Salvador.

"Reynaldo attributed the crimes of conspiracy to carry out activities of organised crime, conspiracy to commit electronic fraud, conspiracy to carry money and money laundering in accordance with the laws of the requesting State," a police spokesperson stated. Vasquez responded by saying "this is unrelated to the issue of bribery. I can say that I can not be the subject of bribery because I had no power of decision in the Federation."

The investigation which was launched earlier in the year by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has targeted officials from continental football bodies CONMEBOL (South America) and CONCACAF (Caribbean, Central and North America) .

CONCACAF President and Honduran Alfredo Hawit and CONMEBOL President Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay have also been detained for their involvement in alleged wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

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The former Soccer Federation President of El Salvador, Reynaldo Vasquez, arrived at police headquarters in San Salvador, Wednesday, on corruption charges associated with the ongoing scandals blighting the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA). The arrest comes after Washington recently called for the arrest and extradition of 16 new FIFA defendants, who are wanted on bribery charges. Vasquez has been connected with five cases linked to commercial deals for the broadcasting of qualifiers in both the 2014 and 2018 world cups.

The 59-year-old businessman arrived at police headquarters for questioning after being arrested earlier on Wednesday in the Costa del Sol tourist area, 34 kilometres (21 miles) south of San Salvador.

"Reynaldo attributed the crimes of conspiracy to carry out activities of organised crime, conspiracy to commit electronic fraud, conspiracy to carry money and money laundering in accordance with the laws of the requesting State," a police spokesperson stated. Vasquez responded by saying "this is unrelated to the issue of bribery. I can say that I can not be the subject of bribery because I had no power of decision in the Federation."

The investigation which was launched earlier in the year by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has targeted officials from continental football bodies CONMEBOL (South America) and CONCACAF (Caribbean, Central and North America) .

CONCACAF President and Honduran Alfredo Hawit and CONMEBOL President Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay have also been detained for their involvement in alleged wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.