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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

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

Blatter shrugs off Figo dictator jibe as election nears

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter shrugged off Luis Figo’s accusation he had turned world soccer’s ruling body into a dictatorship as the election campaign moved towards its final stages on Tuesday.

Former world player of the year Figo, 42, of Portugal, fired a parting shot when withdrawing his presidential candidacy last week, saying Blatter was a dictator and the election was nothing more than a plebiscite, meaning it was not a fair and open contest.

May 27, 2015

Arrested FIFA officials face extradition to U.S.: NY Times

ZURICH (Reuters) – Authorities in Zurich on Wednesday launched an operation to arrest several high-ranking FIFA officials on corruption charges and extradite them to the United States, the New York Times reported.

The Times, citing anonymous law enforcement officials, said the U.S. federal charges include racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud and span two decades of misconduct in soccer’s world governing body. More than 10 officials were expected to be indicted, the newspaper reported.

May 27, 2015

Soccer-Arrested FIFA officials face extradition to U.S. – NY Times

ZURICH, May 26 (Reuters) – Authorities in Zurich on Wednesday launched an operation to arrest several high-ranking FIFA officials on corruption charges and extradite them to the United States, the New York Times reported.

The Times, citing anonymous law enforcement officials, said the U.S. federal charges include racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud and span two decades of misconduct in soccer’s world governing body. More than 10 officials were expected to be indicted, the newspaper reported.

May 26, 2015

World Cup perfect at 32 teams, says CONCACAF chief Webb

ZURICH (Reuters) – The World Cup is football’s jewel and should not be tarnished by being increased to more than 32 teams, CONCACAF confederation president Jeffrey Webb said on Tuesday.

Webb, whose region represents north and central American countries and the Caribbean islands, said he would welcome another spot for his confederation but said 32 teams was the right number for the globe’s most popular sporting extravaganza.

May 26, 2015

Soccer-World Cup perfect at 32 teams, says CONCACAF chief Webb

ZURICH, May 26 (Reuters) – The World Cup is football’s jewel and should not be tarnished by being increased to more than 32 teams, CONCACAF confederation president Jeffrey Webb said on Tuesday.

Webb, whose region represents north and central American countries and the Caribbean islands, said he would welcome another spot for his confederation but said 32 teams was the right number for the globe’s most popular sporting extravaganza.

May 26, 2015

Soccer-Blatter shrugs off Figo dictator jibe as election nears

ZURICH, May 26 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter shrugged off Luis Figo’s accusation he had turned world soccer’s ruling body into a dictatorship as the election campaign moved towards its final stages on Tuesday.

Former world player of the year Figo, 42, of Portugal, fired a parting shot when withdrawing his presidential candidacy last week, saying Blatter was a dictator and the election was nothing more than a plebiscite, meaning it was not a fair and open contest.

May 24, 2015

Hull relegated as Newcastle survive on final day of drama

LONDON (Reuters) – Hull City were relegated and Newcastle United survived the drop on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season on Sunday when West Ham United announced that manager Sam Allardyce’s contract was not being renewed at Upton Park.

Newcastle’s 2-0 win over West Ham at a raucous St James’ Park, where Moussa Sissoko scored after 54 minutes and Jonas Gutierrez added a second in the dying minutes, meant they finished with 39 points while Hull ended on 35 and in the bottom three after drawing 0-0 at home with Manchester United.