Swiss authorities approve extradition for former president of Conmebol.
The Swiss authorities have approved the extradition of the former Fifa vice-president Eugenio Figueredo to the United States.
The Uruguayan, a former president of the South American confederation Conmebol, was one of the seven officials from football’s world governing body arrested in dawn raids in Zurich on 27 May in the ahead of this year’s Fifa congress.
Figueredo is accused of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars from a Uruguayan sports marketing company in connection with the sale of marketing rights to the Copa América tournaments in 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2023. He is also alleged to have acquired US citizenship fraudulently by submitting forged medical reports in 2005 and 2006.
Another of those arrested in Zurich on 27 May – Jeffrey Webb, a former president of the Concacaf confederation representing North American, Central American and Caribbean countries – has already been extradited to the US.
At a hearing in June, Webb pleaded not guilty to accepting bribes worth millions of dollars in connection with the sale of marketing rights.
He was placed under house arrest on $10m (£6.4m) bail by a New York judge.
Eugenio Figueredo played for the Uruguayan club Huracan Buceo and served as its president between 1971 and 1972.
The US and Swiss attorneys general staged a news conference on Monday to update reports on the progress of the dual investigations into allegations of corruption at Fifa.