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Ex-CBF president Marin agrees to extradition under FIFA probe

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 28 Oct 2015

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Former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Jose Maria Marin has agreed to be extradited to the USA as part of the investigation into corruption in world football.

Marin was one of seven FIFA officials arrested during dawn raids on a Zurich hotel in May and is accused of taking bribes in connection to the sale of sports marketing rights.

The accusations relate to the 83-year-old “having taken bribes worth millions of dollars from sports marketing companies in connection with the sale of marketing rights” for the Copa America and Copa do Brasil tournaments.

Marin had fought his extradition but the Swiss Federal Office of Justice announced on Wednesday that he would join former FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb in agreeing to proceed with the case in the United States.

The statement read: “Jose Maria Marin, former President of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) agreed on Tuesday to be extradited to the USA. The Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) was then able immediately to approve the Brazilian citizen’s extradition in simplified proceedings.

“As usual, for reasons of security and privacy no information will be given on the timing of the handover.

“Under Switzerland’s Mutual Assistance Act, the former soccer official must be placed in the custody of a US police escort and taken to the USA within ten days.”

The five remaining FIFA officials continue to oppose their extradition and have all announced they will lodge appeals with Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court.

The court has received appeals from Uruguayan former CONMEBOL vice-president Eugenio Figueredo and Venezuelan Football Federation president Rafael Esquivel.

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