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Seven FIFA Officials arrested on bribery charges in Zurich by Switzerland authorities

The arrested officials include Jeffrey Webb, FIFA vice-president and all the officials are awaiting extradition to USA.

May 29, 2015 12:00 IST
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Seven FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) officials were arrested on 27 May 2015 by Switzerland authorities in Zurich, Switzerland.

The arrested officials include Jeffrey Webb, FIFA vice-president and all the officials are awaiting extradition to USA.

They were arrested for allegedly accepting 150 million US dollars in bribes from USA based sports marketing agencies over a 24-year period starting from 1991.

The arrests were made by the Swiss authorities in cooperation with the US officials.

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) indicted 14 people including nine FIFA officials and five sports media and promotion executives in the Sports Marketing Bribery Scheme in which the officials accepted bribes and kickbacks in return for awarding lucrative media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments including FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

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