FIFA officials arrested in Zurich on corruption charges
ABS-CBN Sports on May 27, 2015 02:50 PM
FIFA President Sepp Blatter may have his hands full in the coming days. (Photo via AP Images)
Swiss authorities conducted an operation Wednesday morning in Zurich, which led to the arrest of numerous top officials from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association or FIFA on federal corruption charges in the United States, as reported by the New York Times website.
The organization’s top officials converged at the Baur au Lac Hotel for their annual meeting, and were peacefully arrested there by over a dozen plain-clothed Swiss authorities. Among those arrested were Costa Rica’s Eduardo Li, Jeffrey Webb from the Cayman Eugenio Figueredo from Uruguay, and Jack Warner of Trindad and Tobago.
The arrests were made in the wake of corruption charges including wire fraud, money laundering, and racketeering spanning over two decades filed against the multi-billion dollar organization that governs the sport of football all over the world.
FIFA and its long-time president Sepp Blatter have long been under fire for accusations of bribery, especially in terms of bidding for the World Cup hosting. Blatter, however, was not among the 14 officials who were slapped with charges.
The arrested officials will be extradited to the United States.