South American football chief extradited to US

Napout is among a number of South American football official under suspicion Keystone

The head of the South American Football Federation, and a vice-president at scandal plagued FIFA, Juan Angel Napout, has been extradited from Switzerland to the United States to face corruption charges.

This content was published on December 15, 2015 - 11:00

The Paraguayan was arrested at a Zurich hotel earlier this month, along with another top FIFA executive, when he was visiting the city to attend a meeting at the headquarters of football’s world governing body. After originally contesting his extradition, Napout then withdrew his objection last week.

The Swiss Federal Department of Justice also announced on Tuesday that another detained football official, Eduardo Li, had withdrawn his legal opposition to extradition to the US. The former head of Costa Rican football has been held in Zurich since May when he was arrested along with other officials in connection with the US corruption investigation.

FIFA has been rocked by two separate investigations this year. One was launched by the US Department of Justice that has seen numerous football officials and business people indicted or arrested. The Swiss Attorney General is also investigating the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar.

In addition, Swiss prosecutors are investigating outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the head of European football Michel Platini for a suspicious transaction that took place between the two in 2011.

Although both football bosses deny wrongdoing, they have are currently serving suspensions from all football related activity while FIFA’s ethics committee decides if they have committed any offences.

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