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Corruption Charges Rock FIFA: Six Officials Arrested

Six soccer officials were arrested in Zurich over over suspected corruption at soccer’s governing body FIFA.

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Six soccer officials were arrested in Zurich on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States over suspected corruption at football’s governing body FIFA, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FCOJ) said in a statement.

The New York Times said they were high-ranking FIFA officials and were in Switzerland for the FIFA where incumbent Sepp Blatter faces a challenge from Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in a presidential election on Friday.

“The US authorities suspect them of having received bribes totalling in the USD millions,” said the statement.

Clockwise from left: Jefferey Webb, Jose Maria Marin, Nicholas Leoz, Eugenio Figuerado, Jack Warner and Eduardo Li, were&nbsp; arrested in Zurich over suspected corruption. (Photo: AP)
Clockwise from left: Jefferey Webb, Jose Maria Marin, Nicholas Leoz, Eugenio Figuerado, Jack Warner and Eduardo Li, were  arrested in Zurich over suspected corruption. (Photo: AP)

“The arrest warrants were issued further to a request by the US authorities. The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is investigating these individuals on suspicion of the acceptance of bribes and kick-backs between the early 1990s and the present day”, said the statement.

The bribery suspects- representatives of sports media and sports promotion firms -are alleged to have been involved in schemes to make payments to the soccer officials-delegates of FIFA and other functionaries of FIFA sub-organizations-totalling more than $100 million.

Statement by the Swiss Federal Office of Justice

The statement said the detainees would be questioned by Zurich Police regarded the U.S. request.

“A simplified procedure will apply for wanted persons who agree to their immediate extradition. The Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) can immediately approve their extradition to the US and order its execution”, it said.

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