Police raid Venezuela federation HQ

PHOTO: returnofkings

PHOTO: returnofkings

Venezuelan prosecutors have raided the headquarters of the country’s football federation whose leader is one of seven FIFA officials held in Switzerland, officials said.

“The prosecution service is supervising the search of the Venezuelan federation headquarters as part of an inquiry into alleged irregularities committed by the ex-head of the organisation, Rafael Esquivel,” said a statement.

Venezuelan authorities have also ordered “the freezing of bank accounts and a ban on the sale or mortgaging assets” belonging to Esquivel, the prosecution statement added.

Esquivel, a member of the FIFA executive committee, was replaced as head of the federation following his arrest in Zurich last week along with six other FIFA officials.

The Venezuelan, also a member of the South American Conmebol federation executive, is one of 14 people wanted by US authorities over the giving of more than $150 million (133 million euros) in bribes.

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