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May 27, 2015

LONDON — Several officials of FIFA, the body that governs soccer worldwide, have been arrested in Switzerland on charges of corruption initiated by the U.S. Some of the charges relate to media deals for soccer tournaments.

Swiss law-enforcement agents made the arrests on Wednesday at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, where FIFA officials were gathering for their annual congress, according to a New York Times report. The U.S. will now seek to extradite those arrested.

Fourteen people are set to be charged for offenses that include racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. Nine are FIFA officials, and four are believed to be marketing executives from the U.S. and South America, who are accused of paying more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for media deals. The final individual is an intermediary who handled illegal payments.

U.S. attorney general Loretta E. Lynch and FBI director James Comey are set to hold a press conference to discuss the arrests on Wednesday in New York. The inquiry is believed to focus mainly on Concacaf, a body that governs soccer across North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

In a separate development, the Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings Wednesday against persons unknown on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and money laundering in connection with the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 Soccer World Cups. Electronic data and documents were seized at FIFA’s head office in Zurich.

The Swiss attorney general’s office and the Swiss federal criminal police will question 10 people who took part in voting on the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and 2022 World Cup to Qatar as members of FIFA’s executive committee in 2010.

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MAY 27, 2015 | 12:29AM PT

Swiss legal authorities investigate FIFA’s decision to award 2018 World Cup to Russia and 2022 World Cup to Qatar

LONDON — Several officials of FIFA, the body that governs soccer worldwide, have been arrested in Switzerland on charges of corruption initiated by the U.S. Some of the charges relate to media deals for soccer tournaments.

Swiss law-enforcement agents made the arrests on Wednesday at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, where FIFA officials were gathering for their annual congress, according to a New York Times report. The U.S. will now seek to extradite those arrested.

Fourteen people are set to be charged for offenses that include racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. Nine are FIFA officials, and four are believed to be marketing executives from the U.S. and South America, who are accused of paying more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for media deals. The final individual is an intermediary who handled illegal payments.

U.S. attorney general Loretta E. Lynch and FBI director James Comey are set to hold a press conference to discuss the arrests on Wednesday in New York. The inquiry is believed to focus mainly on Concacaf, a body that governs soccer across North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

In a separate development, the Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings Wednesday against persons unknown on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and money laundering in connection with the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 Soccer World Cups. Electronic data and documents were seized at FIFA’s head office in Zurich.

The Swiss attorney general’s office and the Swiss federal criminal police will question 10 people who took part in voting on the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and 2022 World Cup to Qatar as members of FIFA’s executive committee in 2010.

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