FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland on corruption charges

10:28, 27 May 2015
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Ten high-ranking FIFA officials have been arrested in Switzerland on corruption charges and may be extradited to the United States, the BBC’s Russian Service has reported, quoting U.S. newspaper the New York Times.

Graphic from fifa.com

Another U.S. newspaper, the Wall Street Journal, reported 12 people in the football organization had been arrested on corruption charges.

The officials are suspected of fraud and conspiring to launder money, the U.S. media reports.

Fifa members are gathering in Zurich for their annual meeting on Friday, May 29, where incumbent president Sepp Blatter is seeking election as the organization’s president for a fifth term. The 79-year-old Blatter has held the position since 1998.

He is not reported to be one of those arrested.

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