The first of seven FIFA officials arrested in May on racketeering and bribery charges has been extradited to the US, authorities in Switzerland have said.
In a brief statement on Thursday, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said the official detained in a US corruption investigation into the world soccer governing body was extradited on Wednesday.
The justice office did not name the official but it is believed that it is FIFA Vice President Jeffery Webb who last week agreed to be extradited unlike six others who are still contesting the move.
“He was handed over to a three-man US police escort in Zurich who accompanied him on the flight to New York,” justice office said.
Below are the profiles of the FIFA officials indicted in the corruption probe
Jeffrey Webb – FIFA vice president and president of CONCACAF (Confederation Of North, Central America and the Caribbean Football Association). The 50-year-old was born and lives in the Cayman Islands. He is also the Cayman Islands Football Association president.
Eugenio Figueredo – Former footballer and now a Uruguayan FA executive. He was once president of CONMEBOL, the South American football federation.
Jack Warner – Former FIFA vice president and former president of CONCACAF. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, he resigned from all his positions in international football in 2011.
Eduardo Li – President of the Costa Rican Football Association.
Julio Rocha – President of the Nicaraguan Football Federation.
Costas Takkas – Former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association.
Rafael Esquivel – President of the Venezuelan Football Federation since 1988.
Jose Maria Marin – Vice president of the Brazil football federation (CBF) and its former president. The CBF handed out controversial £16,000 Parmigiani watches at its congress in Sao Paulo a year ago, when Marin was overlord of the association.
Nicolas Leoz – Former CONMEBOL president between 1986 and 2013. He allegedly wanted the FA Cup named after him in exchange for a vote for England in its attempts to host the 2018 World Cup.