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Local football officials mum on FIFA corruption indictment

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2015 | 5:49 PM

Several local football authorities have declined to speak on the corruption case involving FIFA that was unveiled today the United States.  

The Gleaner/Power 106 Sports made several attempts to reach president of the Jamaica Football Federation and CONCACAF vice president Captain Horace Burrell, who is reportedly in Zurich, but calls to his cell phone went straight to voicemail. 

However, other local officials refused to comment.

President of the Kingston and Football Association (KSAFA), Ambassador Stewart Stephenson, said he would not speak.

"I have no comment at this time as the stories are still unfolding. I will state my position on the matter in due time," Stephenson said. 

Clyde Juriedini, general manager of premier league club, Harbour View, also said investigations are still in the early stages and therefore he is unable to comment on the matter at this time.     

Seven FIFA officials have so far been arrested as part of a US federal investigation into allegations of corruption, bribery and racketeering. 

Among those arrested are FIFA vice-presidents Jeffrey Webb and Eugenio Figueredo and executive committee member Eduardo Li.

The others arrested are: development officer, Julio Rocha; attache to the CONCACAF president, Costas Takkas; CONMEBOL executive committee member Rafael Esquivel; and FIFA organising committee member, Jose Maria Marin.

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner and ex-executive committee member Nicolas Leoz are also among the indicted FIFA officials.