The Swiss Federal Office of Justice has approved the extradition of Eduardo Li, the former president of the Costa Rican Football Federation, to the United States. Li, a Costa Rican citizen, was arrested in Zurich along with six other FIFA officials in a dawn raid on a Zurich hotel on May 27. The U.S. Department of Justice issued an arrest warrant in May against Li, accusing him of taking bribes in connection with the sale of marketing rights for World Cup 2018 qualifying games. He has been in custody pending extradition and now has 30 days to appeal the Swiss decision.
Former Brazil midfielder Ronaldinho has left Fluminense after spending just over two months and playing only nine games for the Rio de Janeiro club. The 35-year-old had struggled to get match fit, failed to score a goal and produced only flashes of the talent that made him one of the world’s top players when he was in his early 20s. Fluminense said that they had agreed to part company with Ronaldinho in an amicable manner and by mutual agreement.
FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee has banned Jack Warner from football-related activities for life. The decision to ban the former FIFA vice-president and executive committee member was taken on the basis of investigations carried out following the Ethics Committee report on the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.