Wednesday, November 01, 2006

US government links Colombia soccer team to drug cartel

The US government has linked a Colombia soccer team and a national soccer federation executive with a top Colombian drug trafficker.

"The U.S. Department of Treasury accused Colombian Football Federation board executive Oscar Ignacio Martan among others of having links with Carlos Alberto "Beto" Renteria, the alleged head of Colombia's Norte de Valle drug cartel.

Washington said second division Cortulua football club was a front for Renteria's operations. Martan had been president of the club, based in Tulua in Valle de Cauca, which authorities say is the Norte de Valle cartel's heartland."

I'm not sure exactly what this means, but I'm guessing that MLS or USL teams can have nothing to do with the team. That said, I can't find any information anywhere that links any US teams to Cortulua, so it will probably have very little effect on the game in America.


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