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May 28, 2015

Pressure mounts on Blatter as FIFA scandal widens

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – Pressure mounted on FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Thursday as the corruption scandal engulfing world soccer’s governing body deepened, with warnings from big sponsors and growing criticism from senior Western politicians.

Despite FIFA statements that it was business as usual following the arrest of seven senior figures on U.S. corruption charges, Blatter kept out of sight on Thursday when he failed to show up at a medical conference.

May 28, 2015

Blatter out of sight as FIFA corruption scandal deepens

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter kept out of sight for the second successive day on Thursday when he failed to show up at a medical conference the day after world soccer’s governing body was plunged into another corruption scandal.

The embattled 79-year-old Swiss national, who rarely misses a FIFA-related event and usually stops to speak to the media, was also conspicuous by his absence on Wednesday when he failed to attend a meeting of African delegates, assembled in Zurich ahead of Friday’s Congress.

May 28, 2015

World football rocked by U.S., Swiss arrests of officials for graft

ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The world’s most popular sport was plunged into turmoil on Wednesday as seven senior football officials were arrested on U.S. corruption charges and faced extradition from Switzerland, whose authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups.

The arrests in a dawn raid at a five-star Zurich hotel mark an unprecedented blow against football’s governing body FIFA, which for years has been dogged by allegations of corruption but always escaped major criminal cases.

May 27, 2015

World soccer rocked by U.S., Swiss arrests of officials for graft

ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The world’s most popular sport
was plunged into turmoil on Wednesday as seven powerful soccer
figures were arrested on U.S. corruption charges and faced
extradition from Switzerland, whose authorities also announced a
criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World
Cups.

The arrests of the senior FIFA officials in a morning raid
at a five-star Zurich hotel mark an unprecedented blow against
soccer’s powerful governing body, which for years has been
dogged by allegations of corruption but always escaped major
criminal cases.

May 27, 2015

Warner’s ‘football tsunami’ warning finally comes true for FIFA

ZURICH (Reuters) – Almost exactly four years to the day since former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner stood in the lobby of the Baur au Lac hotel and warned FIFA a “football tsunami” was about to hit it, his words have finally came true.

But not in the way he could ever have imagined.

As dawn broke on Wednesday, the doors of the luxury five-star hotel overlooking Lake Zurich burst open and plainclothes officers from the Swiss federal police force swept through the very lobby where Warner uttered those words in 2011.

May 27, 2015

Soccer-Warner’s “football tsunami” warning finally comes true for FIFA

ZURICH, May 27 (Reuters) – Almost exactly four years to the day since former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner stood in the lobby of the Baur au Lac hotel and warned FIFA a “football tsunami” was about to hit it, his words have finally came true.

But not in the way he could ever have imagined.

As dawn broke on Wednesday, the doors of the luxury five-star hotel overlooking Lake Zurich burst open and plainclothes officers from the Swiss federal police force swept through the very lobby where Warner uttered those words in 2011.

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.