Re­mem­ber FIFAGate?

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The fall­out from FIFAGate is still be­ing felt even though the fuss has died down.

It was lit­tle more than three years ago that seven se­nior ex­ec­u­tives were es­corted out of the Baur au Lac Ho­tel in Zurich and since then al­most all the FBI’s tar­gets have pleaded guilty to cor­rup­tion of­fences – con­spir­acy, bribery, wire fraud – and then bar­gained what they know about their own and code­fen­dants’ ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties to get re­duced sen­tences.

The lat­est to ob­tain a get-out-of-jail-- com­par­a­tively-free card was for­mer FIFA ExCo mem­ber Rafael Salguero.

The for­mer pres­i­dent of the Guatemala fed­er­a­tion was given a “time served” sen­tence in New York for “help­ing police with their in­quiries” since 2016. He ad­mit­ted mul­ti­ple charges in­clud­ing ne­go­ti­at­ing thou­sands of dol­lars in bribes from “an Italy-based in­di­vid­ual” for his vote in the 2018/2022 bid bat­tle.

The Salguero con­nec­tion had been kept se­cret un­til just be­fore sen­tenc­ing. The as­sump­tion was that he had pro­vided valu­able in­for­ma­tion about his thenCONCACAF pres­i­dent Jack Warner. The lat­ter, along with Ri­cardo Teix­eira and Ni­co­las Leoz, is one of the three high­est­pro­file tar­gets beyond the ir­ri­tated reach of the US.

Teix­eira, for­mer pres­i­dent of the Brazil­ian CBF, is pro­tected by an anti-ex­tra­di­tion clause in his na­tional con­sti­tu­tion, while ex-CONMEBOL boss Leoz will not be ex­tra­dited from Paraguay be­cause he is 90 and in ill-health.

Warner has an ex­pen­sive Lon­don le­gal team con­test­ing an ex­tra­di­tion ap­pli­ca­tion lodged in Trinidad & Tobago. The lengthy le­gal duel is thought to be one rea­son why the ea­gerly awaited sen­tenc­ing of Jeff Webb, his banker and CON­CA­CAF suc­ces­sor, has been re­peat­edly de­layed.

Once Webb is sen­tenced, with his crimes laid bare, it is thought Warner will seek to have ex­tra­di­tion defini­tively re­jected on the grounds that he could not ex­pect a fair trial in the US.

deal...Rafael salguero (left) with sepp Blat­ter

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