NEW YORK: Reynaldo Alan Vasquez, former president of the El Salvadoran football federation FESFUT, has been brought to New York after losing his fight against extradition to the United States.
The delay in securing Vasquez, indicted and sought in the FIFAGate corruption scandal, was due to the fact that he had been serving an eight-year jail term back in El Salvador.
This was reduced for good behavior to five years when, on theoretical release last June 7, Vazquez remained in detention pending the outcome of the extradition process which he opposed in vain.
In October 2019 Vasquez was banned from football for life by the FIFA ethics committee and fined 500,000 Swiss francs for corruption and bribery between 2009 and 2011.
Vasquez has been charged by the US DoJ of accepting bribes from a marketing company, Media World, in exchange for television rights of the El Salvadoran national team in qualifying games ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
More than 40 individuals and several companies were originally indicted in the FIFAGate process.
Jack Warner, the banned former FIFA vice-president and head of the central/north American CONCACAF confederation, is still contesting an extradition application in Trinidad & Tobago.