Fifa corruption arrests: Who are the 17 officials and executives accused of misconduct?

From officials, to marketing executives, the indictment sheet is massive- Chris Green explains those involved

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The officials and executives facing charges

The football officials

Jeffrey Webb, 50,  Cayman Islands

A current FIFA vice president. His arrest came as the biggest surprise, as he has previously been tipped as the man to clean up FIFA once Blatter departs. Webb is also president of Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and the Cayman Islands Football Association.

Costas Takkas, 58, UK

A British citizen, Mr Takkas is currently an attaché to the CONCACAF president. He was previously general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association, of which Mr Webb is president.

Jack Warner, 72,  Trinidad & Tobago

The former FIFA vice president and head of CONCACAF was a dominant force in football for 30 years, but was suspended from his roles in 2011 amid accusations of corruption dating back to the 1980s and an investigation by FIFA’s ethics committee. He later resigned, ending the proceedings against him.

Charles Blazer, 70, USA

The former CONCACAF general secretary reportedly turned “supergrass” to help the FBI investigation, using a bugging device hidden inside a key fob to record meetings with his FIFA colleagues at the London 2012 Olympics. In November 2013 he pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and income tax evasion. Seriously ill with colon cancer.

Daryan Warner, 46,  Trinidad & Tobago/Grenada

The son of Jack Warner is also believed to have co-operated with the FBI. He pleaded guilty in October 2013 to wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and the structuring of financial transactions, forfeiting $1.1m.

Daryll Warner, 40,  USA/Trinidad & Tobago

Another of Jack Warner’s sons, he pleaded guilty to various offences in July 2013. A former FIFA development officer, he lost the job in 2012 after his father’s resignation amid corruption allegations. He and his brother both face up to 10 years in prison.

Rafael Esquivel, 68,  Venezuela

Executive committee member of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). It is alleged that officials at CONMEBOL, which organises the Copa América, received bribes from marketing executives.

Eugenio Figueredo, 83, USA/Uruguay

The current FIFA vice president and executive committee member is a big name in world football, having previously been at the head of CONMEBOL and the Uruguayan Football Association. A former right-back.

Nicolas Leoz, 86, Paraguay

A former FIFA executive committee member and CONMEBOL president. When he retired in 2013 for health reasons, he said: “I’ve not stolen so much as a cent.”

Eduardo Li, 56, Costa Rica

President of the Costa Rican Football Federation. He was elected to FIFA’s executive committee in March.

José Maria Marin, 83, Brazil

The former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation is also a member of FIFA’s committee for Olympic football tournaments.

Julio Rocha, 64, Nicaragua

FIFA development officer. Previously president of his country’s football federation.

Corporate executives

José Hawilla, 71, Brazil

The owner and founder of the Traffic Group, a sports marketing conglomerate, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy in 2014. Two of his companies – Traffic Sports International Inc and Traffic Sports USA Inc – have also pleaded guilty.

Aaron Davidson, 44, USA

President of Traffic Sports USA, is a large promoter of football events in America.

Alejandro Burzaco, 50, Argentina

A media executive who  controls Torneos y  Competencias, a sports  marketing business.

Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, Argentina

70-year-old Hugo is the president of Full Play Group, a sports marketing business in Argentina. His son Mariano, 40, is vice president.

José Margulies (AKA José Lazaro), 75, Brazil

Although he is in the broadcasting business, it is alleged he served as an intermediary to facilitate illicit payments between sports marketing executives and FIFA officials.