Interpol has put six men linked to FIFA on its most wanted list, issuing international alerts for two former FIFA officials and four executives on charges including racketeering and corruption.
The ‘Red Notices’ announced today were issued for former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner and former executive committee member Nicolas Leoz.
This latest development comes a week after seven FIFA executives were arrested in Zurich after the US justice department unsealed a 47 count indictment that detailed charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy.
Fourteen sport officials were indicted over corruption charges.
Others listed are Argentinians Alejandro Burzaco and brothers Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, who together are accused of paying more than $100 million in bribes for media and commercial rights to soccer tournaments.
The sixth person listed is Jose Margulies, a Brazilian broadcast executive.
The six men on the Interpol most wanted list are among nine FIFA officials and five sports media and promotions executives hit with U.S. charges involving more than $150 million in bribes.
Jack Warner is accused of taking a bribe in exchange for helping South Africa secure the right to host the 2010 World Cup.
He is currently on bail after handing himself over to the fraud squad last week Wednesday.
Nicholas Leoz, the former president of South America’s soccer federation, is reportedly under house arrest in his native Paraguay
Burzaco and brothers Hugo and Mariano Jinkis are accused of paying more than $100 million in bribes for media and commercial rights to soccer tournaments.
The announcement comes a day after Sepp Blatter announced he will step down as FIFA president amid the widening corruption scandal.
Mr. Blatter received a ten-minute standing ovation from 400 supporters when he returned to the very same auditorium at its Zurich headquarters this morning.