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Staying home to avoid justice?

Tom Fox | November 20, 2017

“Honey, I think we should stay at home for Christmas this year.” This is the line that may well have been said by Marco Polo Del Nero, the president of the Brazilian Soccer Federation to his wife. The reason is straightforward: Marco Polo (as he is known in Brazil) was indicted on the same money-laundering and wire fraud charges as the three former FIFA officials currently in trial in Brooklyn. By staying in Brazil, Marco Polo is not subject to extradition to the United States.

Interesting, or perhaps ominously if you believe in anti-corruption, FIFIA has failed to sanction Marco Polo, although he did lose his seat on FIFA’s governing council since he could not travel outside Brazil to the council’s meetings. Reports indicate that one witness in the current FIFA trial, Alejandro Burzaco, “was the first witness to implicate the absent Del Nero. Burzaco described a typical...

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