(CNS): The president of an Argentine sports marketing company, which allegedly paid massive bribes to FIFA officials, including Jeffrey Webb, for rights relating to the Copa America tournaments, has handed himself into to the Italian police, according to international media reports. Alejandro Burzaco, who was indicted in the US probe, was expected to appear in an Italian court Tuesday for a bail hearing.
He had reportedly escaped being taken into custody in the dawn raids in Switzerland last month, despite being at the same hotel as the FIFA officials who were rounded up in the dramatic arrest. Last week he was named on the Interpol most wanted list, along with five other men with ties to FIFA.
Burzaco partnered with other sports marketing firms to obtain the exclusive worldwide rights to the 2015, 2019 and 2023 Copa America tournaments, as well as the 2016 centenary edition of the South American championship. They are now accused of agreeing to pay some $110 million in bribes to Jeffrey Webb, Eugenio Figueredo, Rafael Esquivel, Jose Maria Marin, Nicolas Leoz and several other soccer officials for those rights.
Meanwhile, other reports in the US suggest that Webb has retained Edward O’Callaghan, a partner from Clifford Chance. The American Lawyer is reporting that the former CONCACAF president has hired the former federal prosecutor, who once served as co-chief of the Terrorism and National Security Unit in the US attorney’s office in Manhattan.