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NEW YORK---Lawyers for top
soccer officials detained over-
seas in the Fifa bribery scandal
are negotiating with US
authorities over coming to the
United States to face racketeer-
ing and other charges, a pros-
ecutor said yesterday.
Assistant US Attorney Evan
Norris told a judge in federal
court in Brooklyn that there are
ongoing extradition negotiations
"with counsel of a number of
other defendants" in a case that
sent shockwaves through the
Norris didn't go into specifics
and had no comment afterward.
The remarks came during a
brief pretrial hearing for Jeffrey
Webb, one of seven Fifa officials
detained overseas in Switzerland
So far, Webb is the only offi-
cial to agree to come to the Unit-
ed States, where he pleaded not
guilty last month and was
released on $10 million bond.
A total of 14 men---nine soccer
officials and five marketing exec-
utives---were named in the US
indictment, including former
Fifa vice president Jack Warner,
who is resisting extradition from
Trinidad and Tobago.
The revelations prompted Fifa
president Sepp Blatter to resign
within days of the arrests.
Prosecutors allege the defen-
dants plotted to arrange bribes
of more than $150 million---tied
to the awarding of broadcasting
and hosting rights for the World
Cup and other tournaments---
over a 24-year period. Two of
the marketing executives have
pleaded not guilty.
Webb, 50, who is from the
Cayman Islands, had promised
reform when he was elected in
2012 to succeed Warner as pres-
ident of Concacaf, the regional
governing body for soccer in
North America, Central America
and the Caribbean. After the
indictment was announced, he
received a provisional ban and
was replaced as the Fifa vice
president from the North and
Central American and Caribbean
The indictment accuses Webb
of soliciting a $2 million bribe
in exchange for marketing rights
for the 2013 Gold Cup tourna-
It says the marketing executive
was overheard telling an
unnamed co-conspirator who
helped negotiate the deal: "Is it
illegal? It is illegal."
Webb and his attorney left
court Friday without speaking
to reporters. He was ordered to
return to court on October 9.
Jose Mourinho played down the
significance of dropping two
members of his medical staff
from match-day duties for
treating an injured player, say-
ing yesterday "we need dis-
agreements to improve."
Club doctor Eva Carneiro and
head physiotherapist Jon Fearn
were publicly rebuked by Mour-
inho for entering the field to treat
Eden Hazard late in Chelsea's
match against Swansea in the
Premier League on Saturday. It
left Chelsea temporarily down to
nine players because goalkeeper
Thibaut Courtois had been sent
off. Mourinho confirmed that
Carneiro and Fearn won't be
involved in Sunday's match at
Manchester City, but said they
could resume their roles this sea-
Mourinho had a meeting with
his "fantastic" medical depart-
ment on Thursday and said he
had no concerns about their rela-
"They tell me all the time that
they were never praised as much
as they were by me in the last
couple of years," Mourinho said.
"They also told me yesterday that
we have had disagreements dur-
ing that period. We need dis-
agreements to improve. We work
together and we improve togeth-
er. That is the way we do things.
It is a relationship that is open
Mourinho has been widely
criticised for his reaction to
Carneiro and Fearn, who
appeared to be doing their jobs
by attending to the needs of a
player who said he was injured.
By describing their actions as
"impulsive and naive" and show-
ing a lack of knowledge of the
game, Mourinho has been
accused by medical professionals
of giving the impression that
players' welfare was not being
British newspapers said Friday
that video footage has emerged,
released by British broadcaster
Sky Sports, showing Mourinho
shouting derogatory words as the
medical staff treated Hazard. It
wasn't clear if the words were
directed specifically at Carneiro
"I am far from being ruthless.
Far. Far," Mourinho said. "I have
a fantastic relation with almost
everyone who works with me. I
am open to mistake, I am open
to communication, I am open to
dialogue. I am open to critics, I
Mourinho said selecting which
members of the medical staff are
on the bench for a game is like
choosing a team lineup.
"For others it is more impor-
tant what they do. Their contri-
bution," Mourinho said. "What
they do behind the scenes and
the good of the team."
Mourinho said the incident,
which has topped the sporting
agenda in England this week, has
not affected preparations for the
match against City---one of
Chelsea's expected rivals for the
title this season.
"If somebody thinks a dis-
agreement between two mem-
bers of the medical staff and the
manager can affect the week, it's
somebody that doesn't have a
clue about what football is and
about preparation for matches,"
Mourinho said. (AP)
Prosecutor seeks extradition
of more Fifa defendants
Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho gestures during the English
Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Swansea City
at Stamford Bridge stadium in London last Saturday. AP PHOTO
Former Fifa vice president Jeffrey Webb, centre, shakes hands with his attorney Edward O'Callaghan
as they leave Brooklyn federal court, yesterday, in New York. Webb is one of 14 people indicted in May
in the US Justice Department's investigation into corruption at Fifa. AP PHOTO
BERN, Switzerland---Switzerland's justice
ministry says it has approved the extradi-
tion of Fifa bribery case suspect Julio Rocha
However, Rocha's consent to a request by
Nicaraguan authorities can only proceed
with the approval of the United States, which
also seeks his extradition.
Swiss justice department spokesman Folco
Galli says it is "for the US authorities to
state whether or not they agree to Nicaragua
being given priority."
If American officials refuse to let Rocha
return home, the Swiss justice ministry will
decide which extradition request to grant,
Galli says in a statement.
Rocha was a FIFA development officer
and Nicaragua football federation president
when arrested at the Americans' request in
a Zurich hotel on May 27.
He is suspected of taking bribes from
marketing agencies which were awarded
tournament broadcasting rights. (AP)
LONDON---Roberto Soldado is set to end his
disappointing two-year spell at Tottenham
by returning to Spain to join Villarreal.
Both clubs announced Friday that they had
reached an agreement for the transfer of the
30-year-old striker. Villarreal said Soldado
will sign a three-year deal and will be presented
Soldado joined Tottenham from Valencia---
Villarreal's regional rival---in 2013 for a club-
record fee of 30 million euros (then $40 mil-
lion), but struggled to reproduce the form that
brought him international recognition with
He scored just seven Premier League goals
across two seasons and 16 goals in 76 appear-
ances in all competitions, dropping behind
Harry Kane in the pecking order of strikers
by the middle of last season.
Soldado posted a message on Twitter,
retweeted by Tottenham's official page, saying:
"These two years have been difficult for me,
but I wouldn't change this experience for
nothing in the world. I am sorry for not being
able to meet the expectations that Tottenham
had put on me."
Villarreal was delighted with its new sign-
"The striker has always proved to have a
natural killer instinct' for scoring," the Spanish
club said in a statement.
"Strong and skilful, he's an excellent header.
Roberto Soldado is called to be the attacking
reference of Marcelino's team. A deluxe rein-
forcement for the Yellow Submarine."
Villarreal said Soldado will travel on Saturday
to join the team in the northern Spanish city
of Gijon, where Villarreal will play a friendly
against promoted Sporting Gijon.
Soldado, who has also played for Real
Madrid, Osasuna and Getafe, has scored seven
goals in 12 matches for Spain.
He will help fill a void left by Mexico forward
Giovani Dos Santos, who left Villarreal for
Major League Soccer this summer.
Villarreal opens the Spanish league season
at Real Betis on August 23. (AP)
Soldado set to leave
Spurs for Villarreal
Mourinho denies being ruthless after spat with medical staff
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