FIFA corruption case: 6 top officials arrested, FIFA prez Blatter spared right now
This is going to be one of the biggest crises faced by worldâ€™s top soccer body. Police officials have arrested as many as six top soccer officials merely days before FIFA holds its congress.
Reports suggest that the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) made the arrests in a bribe case totaling as much as more than $100 million linked to commercial deals dating back to the 1990s for football tournaments.
But FIFA can heave a sigh of relief as Swiss anti-corruption officials have said that they havenâ€™t arrested FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
In the meantime while talking about the arrest business Swiss Federal Office of Justice said, â€œThe US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is investigating these individuals on suspicion of the acceptance of bribes and kickbacks between the early 1990s and the present dayâ€.
Meanwhile the top news sources in the US including the New York TimesÂ and the Wall Street Journal while quoting officials suggested that allegations include wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering. Nonetheless there may be more arrests in the offing as US indictment involves as many as 10 senior officials. A US law official was quoted by NYT as saying, â€œWe’re struck by just how long this went on for and how it touched nearly every part of what FIFA didâ€¦It just seemed to permeate every element of the federation and was just their way of doing business. It seems like this corruption was institutionalised.”
In the meantime reports suggest that the police raided a hotel and took away the officials from their rooms, who are in Switzerland for the FIFA Congress and presidential elections.
In a statement FOJ said, â€œThe FOJ’s arrest warrants were issued further to a request by the U.S. authoritiesâ€.
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