Sepp Blatter, FIFA
Just few days to elections holding to choose a new leadership for footballs highest body, FIFA, six football officials have been arrested at a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, over corruption charges at the agency.
The suspects, who are said to include a FIFA Vice-President, have been detained pending extradition to the US.
The charges against the officials include money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud.
Plain-clothed police officers reportedly took the room keys without resistance from the reception of Baur au Lac hotel, where the officials were staying, and headed to their rooms.
The name of FIFA Vice-President Jeffrey Webb who is also
head of the Confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean is prominently mentioned as one of the officials who was invited for questioning at a five star hotel in Zurich early on Wednesday.
Another FIFA official who was seen being led by the authorities from his room out of the building was Eduardo Li from Costa Rica.
The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) has however said in a statement on Wednesday that US authorities suspected the officials of receiving $100m worth of bribes since the early 1990s, with the crimes agreed to and prepared in the US via US bank accounts.
Swiss authorities can immediately approve the extradition, the statement continues.
Meanwhile, Sepp Blatter’s rival for FIFA Presidency ,Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein from Jordan and his advisers will meet later on Wednesday to discuss impact of the arrests on the presidential election taking place this Friday.
Earlier this month, Mr Blatter said he was aware that some of his former colleagues were under investigation.
Also reacting, a FIFA spokesman told the media that the organisation was actually seeking to clarify the present situation.
FIFA members are presently gathering in Zurich to attend their annual meeting fixed for Friday and where FIFA President Sepp Blatter is expected to offer himself for same position for a fifth term tenure.