Homes of El Salvador players are raided in six cities
By Kim Tate
Half of the 22 El Salvador players suspended were subject of a raid in the investigation into alleged match-fixing by the national team, including games against Mexico, MLS side DC United and the US Men's National Team.
Federal prosecutor Luis Martinez told Radio Nacional de El Salvador the raid took place in six cities and officials sized computers, cell phones and tablets. Bank accounts locally and abroad will also be accessed.
Those same officials claim that there is solid evidence of money laundering, and advised that there could be higher level personnel invovled.
He said this investigation is separate from the local federation, which on Wednesday said the players who participated in the suspect matches will be suspended for 30 days while the allegations are investigated.
CONCACAF, the sport's continental governing body, said it was "deeply saddened" by the "claims of match manipulation."
"The confederation fully supports the football federation of El Salvador and other pertinent organizations involved in the above mentioned investigation and hopes for a fair due process in order to determine the validity of these accusations," it said in a statement.
The games in question include El Salvador's 5-0 Gold Cup loss to Mexico on July 5, 2011, as well as a 2-1 loss to the United States on Feb. 24, 2010, a 1-0 loss to D.C. United on July 19, 2010, and a 4-1 loss to Paraguay on Feb. 6, 2012.
He said FIFA has been notified so that the suspensions could be extended internationally. He also said El Salvador will play no more games until the probes into the matches are completed.
Martinez said he has already sought collaboration from authorities in other countries where match fixing has taken place.
The suspended players are: Mardoqueo Henriquez, Luis Alonso Anaya, William Osael Romero, Ramon Alfredo Sánchez, Christian Castillo, Eliseo Quintanilla, José Miguel Granadino, Miguel Montes, Dagoberto Portillo, Rodolfo Zelaya, Victor Turcios, Carlos Romeo Monteangudo, Dennis Alas, Jose Alfredo Pacheco, Marvin González, Carlos Carrillo, Darwin Bonilla, Rodrigo Alejandro Martínez, Reynaldo Hernández Villeda, Ramon Flores, Benji Villalobos and Emerson Umana.
Based in part on reports from the Associated Press