Nicaraguan official arrested for FIFA scandal

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Managua, May 28 (IANS) Among the seven FIFA executives arrested for alleged corruption is FIFA Development Office employee Julio Rocha, a Micaraguan citizen, said a media report here on Thursday, citing a source.

Rocha, over 60 years old, headed FENIFUT for nearly 25 years. He quit office in December 2012 and he went on to join the FIFA Development Office for Mexico, Central America, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, Xinhua news agency reported.

He was also president of the Central American Union of Football (UNCAF).

Nicaraguan Football Federation (FENIFUT) spokesperson Moises Avalos said the federation distances itself from any kind of link to the FIFA scandal, which led to the arrest of 14 renowned world football leaders in Zurich on Wednesday morning, Xinhua said.

Among others arrested are FIFA Uruguayan vice president Eugenio Figueredo, Paraguayan executive member of CONMEBOL Rafael Esquivel, and member of the FIFA Organisation of the Olympic Games, Brazilian Jose Marin.

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