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FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges

Six FIFA officials have been arrested in Switzerland on corruption charges according to reports worldwide.

Swiss authorities have confirmed that six men, including vice-president Jeffrey Webb, were taken in on Tuesday and will now be extradited to the USA to face charges of corruption.

The arrests come as FIFA prepare for their presidential elections in Zurich on Friday with president Sepp Blatter going up against Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.

A statement from The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) read: "The 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 day.

"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 functionaries - delegates of FIFA and other functionaries of FIFA sub-organizations - totaling more than US$100m."

Andrew Slevison
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