The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Prosecutors in Costa Rica have opened an investigation into the country’s soccer federation president Eduardo Li who was among seven FIFA executives arrested on corruption charges in Switzerland on Wednesday by the United States.
Costa Rica opened its own investigation on Eduardo Li for his role in the scandal. Eduardo Li played a significant role in the national team’s recent quarter finals position in the World Cup in Brazil.
Just two days before the FIFA Congress were to meet in Switzerland; U.S. officials swooped in and arrested a total nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives, including Eduardo Li. They have all been indicted on corruption, bribery and money laundering charges.
Costa Rica’s public prosecutor’s spokesperson said “The investigation opened today aims to determine whether the hypothesis of the U.S. Department of Justice probe related to a case of money laundering and corruption involving Eduardo Li… can be corroborated.”
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis expressed his surprise to reporters of the news of Eduardo Li arrest and that he does not want the incident to “hurt” Costa Rica.