The El Salvador police arrested former football federation president Reynaldo Vasquez on Thursday who is wanted by U.S. law enforcement on corruption charges connected with the FIFA corruption scandal.
Salvadorian national police Deputy Director, Howard Cotto said,“Vasquez was captured Wednesday in a housing complex in the Costa del Sol tourist area, 34 kilometers (21 miles) south of the capital of San Salvador. Vasquez was alone and put up no resistance.”
The U.S. Department of Justice has accused Vasquez of taking bribes from Media World, a marketing firm in return for broadcast rights of international football games played by El Salvador.
Vasquez told reporters he will fight his extradition,“I consider the accusations unjust. I am innocent. I have no responsibility for the acts attributed to me by the government of the United States,” he said.
Earlier this month, a revised indictment was opened in which Vasquez was names among 16 others. 14 others were also charged by the U.S. prosecutors, including the arrest of seven top FIFA officials in Zurich in May.