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Swiss officials to extradite Li

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 29 Sep 2015

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Eduardo Li has become the latest figure in the FIFA corruption scandal to have his extradition to United States approved by Swiss officials.

Li, the former president of the Costa Rican Football Federation, was arrested along with a number of other FIFA executives in Zurich in May after allegations of bribery.

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) has confirmed Li is “accused of taking bribes in connection with the sale of marketing rights for World Cup 2018 qualifiers to a USA sports marketing company” and has accepted a request from USA to have him extradited to face charges.

Li, 56, has 30 days to appeal the decision.

The FOJ has already agreed to extradite former CONMEBOL vice-president Eugenio Figueredo and ex-head of Venezuelan football Rafael Esquivel as part of the investigation into FIFA, pending any successful appeals.

Ex-FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb has already agreed to face corruption charges in USA and is under house arrest while on bail, having pleaded not guilty.

Disgraced associate Jack Warner, who was on Tuesday banned from all football activities for life by the Executive Committee, is fighting his own extradition.

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