A number of FIFA officials, including vice-president Jeffrey Webb, have been arrested on suspicion of corruption.
The six members of world football’s governing body were arrested this morning in dawn raids at a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland.
The men are now being held by Swiss police at the U.S Department of Justice’s request, as all are suspected of receiving millions of U.S dollars in bribes.
Swiss authorities have also (finally) started criminal proceedings into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar, with authorities set to question ten executive committee members who took part in voting in December 2010.
All those arrested face extradition to the U.S.
Fourteen current and former Fifa officials were named on the US Department of Justice’s indictment, including former vice-president Jack Warner.
According to New York attorney General Loretta Lynch, the indictment “alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States”.
The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said those held were being investigated “on suspicion of the acceptance of bribes and kick-backs between the early 1990s and the present day, (totalling) more than $100m” (£65m).
Current FIFA president Sepp Blatter was not one of those arrested and the presidential elections on Friday will still go ahead as planned.
Many football fans will be glad to see something finally being done about these allegations of corruption in FIFA. The arrests and investigation are long overdue!