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Published: 19:51 | 14/12/15

FIFA officials arrested


Two more FIFA officials have been arrested on suspicion of "of accepting bribes of millions of dollars".

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) has confirmed that the pair were arrested in a pre-dawn raid of the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich on Thursday morning.

It has been reported that FIFA vice-presidents Alfredo Hawit of Honduras and Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay were arrested by the FOJ on behalf of the US Department of Justice.

"On the instructions of the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ), a further two FIFA officials were arrested in Zurich today. They are being held in custody pending their extradition. According to the US arrest requests, they are suspected of accepting bribes of millions of dollars.

"The high-ranking FIFA officials are alleged to have taken the money in return for selling marketing rights in connection with football tournaments in Latin America, as well as World Cup qualifying matches."

In May, seven FIFA officials were arrested at the same hotel as part of the US investigation into corruption.

"FIFA became aware of the actions taken today by the US Department of Justice," a statement from football's world governing body read.

"FIFA will continue to co-operate fully with the US investigation as permitted by Swiss law, as well as with the investigation being led by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General.

"FIFA will have no further comment on today's developments."

The arrests are the latest in a series of scandals to hit FIFA this year with Swiss officials conducting a criminal investigation into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini have been suspended for 90 days while FIFA's ethics committee investigates corruption claims against them. The suspension has cast doubt over Platini's bid to run for FIFA president in February.


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