Top FIFA officials arrested in World Cup corruption case

Posted by on May 27, 2015 at 6:52 am

Six soccer officials were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich. Sepp Blatter was not among them.

The case involves bribes “totaling more than $100 million” linked to commercial deals dating back to the 1990s for soccer tournaments in the United States and Latin America, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said in a statement.

It was unclear if the probe was linked to the 1994 World Cup hosted by the United States.

The officials are in Switzerland for the FIFA congress and presidential election, where Blatter is widely expected to win a fifth term at the helm of the governing body of world soccer.

“He is not one of the ones arrested. He is not involved at all,” FIFA spokesman Walter de Gregorio told The Associated Press. “We are trying to find out more from the police.”

Blatter is scheduled to attend a meeting of the Confederation of African Football at 10:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) in a different downtown Zurich hotel.

FIFA called a news conference for 11:00 a.m. (0900 GMT) at its headquarters and the Swiss justice department said it expected to confirm the nationalities of those detained later Wednesday morning.

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