The Argentine government said on Thursday a judge was examining U.S. extradition requests for three businessman named in a corruption scandal engulfing world soccer, adding it would recover taxes on any illegal income earned by the trio. The U.S. Justice Department alleges Alejandro Burzaco, Hugo Jinkis and his son Mariano Jinkis, all Argentine citizens, conspired to win and keep hold of lucrative media rights contracts from regional soccer federations in exchange for $110 million in bribes. Burzaco is president of Argentine sports marketing firm Torneos y Competencias, while Hugo and Mariano Jinkis are controlling principals of Full Play, another sports media and marketing business headquartered in Argentina.
By Darya Korsunskaya and Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin defended Russia's right to host the 2018 soccer World Cup on Thursday and accused the United States of meddling outside its jurisdiction in the arrest of top officials from world governing body FIFA. Putin said the arrests in Switzerland on Wednesday were an "obvious attempt" to prevent FIFA head Sepp Blatter's re-election this week but that the 79-year-old had Russia's backing. "If anything happened, it did not happen on U.S. territory and the United states has nothing to do with it," he said.