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Top FIFA Officials Have Been Arrested For Wire Fraud And Conspiracy


Early this morning, Swiss authorities raided the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich and arrested several top FIFA members in connection with federal corruption charges.

Those detained will be extradited to the United States to face the charges.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter was not among those taken into custody.

The arrests were made based on an investigation by the FBI that claims to have proof of widespread corruption within the athletic organization for over two decades.

Specific allegations center on the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and various marketing and broadcast deals.

According to the US Department of Justice, nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives have been indicted for racketeering, conspiracy and corruption.

US sports marketing execs are alleged to have paid over $150 million in bribes.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated corruption is founded both abroad and in the US.

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is also implicated in the bribery.

Here is the full statement from the United States Department of Justice.

Citations: FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges Sepp Blatter Isnt Among Them (NY Times )