Former Guatemala Football Head Arrested

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Police in Guatemala arrested the former head of the country’s football federation Brayan Jimenez, wanted in the FIFA bribery scandal.

The scandal over allegations of multimillion-dollar bribes has led to the suspension of numerous other top officials including Sepp Blatter, longtime president of FIFA.

Jimenez, 61, was detained in an apartment in a posh suburb of Guatemala City.

As well as being president of the Guatemalan soccer federation, Jimenez was a member of the FIFA committee for fair play and social responsibility.

Jimenez was on the run since December 3 when US courts issued a warrant for his extradition.

He was one of 16 Latin American football officials indicted by US authorities.

They are suspected of taking bribes to grant marketing rights for major FIFA fixtures, violating US laws on wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

Another Guatemalan, the federation’s former secretary general Hector Trujillo, 62, was arrested in Florida last month. He was freed on bail last week.