Rafael Esquivel

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Rafael Esquivel
Rafael Esquivel Melo

1946/1947 (age 71–72)[1]
Occupationformer president of the Venezuelan Football Federation
former member of CONMEBOL executive committee

Rafael Esquivel Melo (born 1946/1947) is a Venezuelan former football administrator. He was a member of CONMEBOL executive committee and president of the Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF).

Esquivel was president of the Venezuelan Football Federation from 1988 to 2015.[1]

Esquivel was arrested in May 2015 in Switzerland to face corruption charges in the United States.[2] He was banned by FIFA Ethics Committee.[3]

In March 2016, Esquivel was extradited to the US and pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court.[4] He was released from jail on a US$7 million bond.[5]


  1. ^ a b "FIFA Corruption Arrests: What We Know So Far". SkyNews. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  2. ^ Apuzzo, Matt; Schmidt, Michael S.; Rashbaum, William K.; Borden, Sam. "FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Blatter Isn't Among Them". New York Times. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  3. ^ Ruiz, Rebecca R. (8 August 2015). "How the 14 Indicted FIFA Defendants Currently Stand". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Football: Ex-Conmebol VP Esquivel pleads not guilty in US court over Fifa graft scandal". The Straits Times. 9 March 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  5. ^ McDermid, Brendan; Rosenberg, Mica (10 March 2016). "U.S. judge allows release of Venezuelan ex-soccer official on bond". Reuters. Retrieved 28 June 2016.