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May 27, 2015

Analysis – Undeterred by arrests, soccer boss Blatter plots another great escape

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is a master of getting out from tight corners and his federation’s initial reaction to Wednesday’s extraordinary events in Zurich suggested he has every intention of pulling off another great escape.

Soccer’s governing body was thrown into disarray when several of its leading officials, including vice-president Jeffrey Webb, were arrested in a dawn raid at the luxury lakeside hotel which for years has pampered FIFA visitors.

May 27, 2015

World soccer rocked as top officials held in U.S., Swiss graft cases

ZURICH, May 27 (Reuters) – Seven of the most powerful figures in global soccer faced extradition to the United States on corruption charges after their arrest on Wednesday in Switzerland, where authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups.

The world’s most popular sport was plunged into turmoil after U.S. and Swiss authorities announced separate inquiries into the activities of the game’s powerful governing body, FIFA.

May 27, 2015

Analysis – Undeterred by arrests, football boss Blatter plots another great escape

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is a master of getting out from tight corners and his federation’s initial reaction to Wednesday’s extraordinary events in Zurich suggested he has every intention of pulling off another great escape.

Football’s governing body was thrown into disarray when several of its leading officials, including vice-president Jeffrey Webb, were arrested in a dawn raid at the luxury lakeside hotel which for years has pampered FIFA visitors.

May 27, 2015

Undeterred by arrests, soccer boss Blatter plots another great escape

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is a master of getting out from tight corners and his federation’s initial reaction to Wednesday’s extraordinary events in Zurich suggested he has every intention of pulling off another great escape.

Soccer’s governing body was thrown into disarray when several of its leading officials, including vice-president Jeffrey Webb, were arrested in a dawn raid at the luxury lakeside hotel which for years has pampered FIFA visitors.

May 27, 2015

FIFA says Blatter to seek fifth term despite arrests

ZURICH (Reuters) – Soccer’s governing body FIFA called the arrest of six of its leading officials on bribery charges a “difficult moment” but said it would not derail President Sepp Blatter’s bid to win a fifth term in an election on Friday.

At a news conference in Zurich, FIFA spokesman Walter De Gregorio struck a defiant tone, saying a criminal investigation into FIFA’s awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was unrelated to the looming leadership vote.

May 27, 2015

Global soccer officials arrested in U.S., Swiss corruption cases

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss police arrested some of the most powerful figures in global soccer on Wednesday, announcing a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two world cups and plunging the world’s most popular sport into turmoil.

In addition to the Swiss criminal probe, at least six football officials and a number of sports media and promotions executives would face extradition to the United States to face corruption charges involving more than $100 million in bribes.

May 27, 2015

Arrested FIFA officials face extradition to U.S

ZURICH (Reuters) – Six soccer officials, including some high-ranking members of world governing-body FIFA, were arrested by Swiss police on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States.

The arrests were made shortly after a dawn at a Zurich hotel where FIFA officials are staying ahead of this week’s FIFA presidential election.

May 27, 2015

Soccer-Arrested FIFA officials face extradition to U.S.

ZURICH, May 27 (Reuters) – Six soccer officials, including some high-ranking members of world governing-body FIFA, were arrested by Swiss police on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States.

The arrests were made shortly after a dawn at a Zurich hotel where FIFA officials are staying ahead of this week’s FIFA presidential election.

May 27, 2015

Four out of five fans don’t want Blatter to stand: survey

ZURICH (Reuters) – Four out of five soccer fans believe Sepp Blatter should not be standing for a fifth term as FIFA president, according to a survey conducted by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International.

Transparency said 35,000 supporters in 30 countries were polled in the survey conducted with Football Addicts, a Swedish developer behind the Forza Football app.

May 26, 2015

Soccer-Four out of five fans don’t want Blatter to stand – survey

ZURICH, May 26 (Reuters) – Four out of five football fans believe Sepp Blatter should not be standing for a fifth term as FIFA president, according to a survey conducted by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International.

Transparency said 35,000 supporters in 30 countries were polled in the survey conducted with Football Addicts, a Swedish developer behind the Forza Football app.