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FIFA members at the entre of the probe

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Just who are the members at the centre of the FIFA probe

Jeffrey Webb (aged 50): The highest profile of those arrested, Cayman Islander Webb is the current FIFA vice president and executive committee member, CONCACAF president and Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) president. Webb was one of several FIFA officials to call for the publication of the Garcia Report into allegations of corruption surrounding Russia and Qatar's bids for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. He is also a member of FIFA's Strategic, Finance, Organising World Cup and Emergency Committees.

Eduardo Li (aged 56): Current FIFA executive committee member-elect, he is the CONCACAF executive committee member and Costa Rican soccer federation (FEDEFUT) president.

Julio Rocha (aged 64): Current FIFA development officer issued with the task of "working with Member Associations in identifying and implementing future projects within their respective regions".

Costas Takkas (aged 58): Advisor to the CONCACAF president Webb and is a former CIFA general secretary. The US Department of Justice lists his nationality as United Kingdom.

Eugenio Figueredo (aged 83): The Uruguayan is a current FIFA vice president and executive committee member. He is a former CONMEBOL president and was Uruguayan soccer federation (AUF) president from 1997 until 2006.

Rafael Esquivel (aged 68): Current CONMEBOL executive committee member and Venezuelan soccer federation (FVF) president. He also sits on FIFA's disciplinary committee.

Jose Maria Marin (aged 83): Current member of the FIFA organising committee for the Olympic football tournaments. Marin was Brazilian FA president from 2012 to 2015 and was a former striker for Sao Paulo.

Jack Warner (aged 72): Not detained by Swiss authorities, Warner is a former FIFA vice president and executive committee member. In 2006, after being instructed to investigate Warner by FIFA, Ernst & Young estimated that Warner's family had made one million dollars from reselling 2006 World Cup tickets, subsequently a fine of around that figure was imposed on Warner and his family. In 2013 the CONCACAF Integrity Committee produced a report which accused Warner and his former cohort Chuck Blazer of mismanagement and massive fraud.

Nicolas Leoz (aged 86): Another not detained by Swiss authorities, Paraguayan Leoz is a former sports journalist and was president of CONMEBOL from 1986 until 2013.

Alejandro Burzaco (aged 50): Burzaco is the controlling principle of Torneos y Competencias S.A., a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliates.They own the rights to broadcast the Argentinian Primera Division, the second tier Primera B Nacional and CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers.

Aaron Davidson (aged 44): Davidson is president of Traffic Sports USA Inc. (Traffic USA). It owns NASL side Carolina RailHawks and has other official club partners with Brazilian teams Palmeiras, Gremio, Fluminense and Atletico Mineiro as well as Manchester United.

Hugo and Mariano Jinkis (aged 70 and 40): Controlling principals of Full Play Group S.A., a sports marketing business based in Argentina.

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