FIFA officials arrested

Six FIFA officials have been arrested in Zurich at the request of the United States Department of Justice.

The BBC reports that the Wednesday morning raids took place at a hotel and that the six are ‘suspected of having received bribes totalling millions of dollars.’

FIFA vice-President Jeffrey Webb, Eduardo Li, Eugenio Figueredo and Jose Maria Marin were among those arrested.

The United States had jurisdiction as the alleged crimes involved bank accounts located in the country, the BBC adds.

President Sepp Blatter has not been arrested. Blatter and Prince Ali of Jordan will on Friday contest the election for the organisation’s presidency.

“We have seen the media reports and are seeking clarity in this matter. We will make no further comment at this stage,” a FIFA spokesperson said.

A news conference will reportedly be held later today.

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