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'Rampant corruption:' US orders arrest of senior FIFA executives

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'Rampant corruption:' US orders arrest of senior FIFA executives

<p><span class="caps">FIFA</span> is reeling after Swiss police arrested seven senior executives, including two vice presidents, at the luxury Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich in a dawn raid.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.bj.admin.ch/bj/en/home/aktuell/news/2015/2015-27-05.html">Swiss Federal Office of Justice</a> issued the warrants following a request by US authorities the individuals are in detention pending extradition.</p> <p>US prosecutors have filed charges detailing “rampant, systematic and deep-rooted” corruption at world football’s governing body.</p> <p>The US Department of Justice said 14 people had been charged with money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud to the tune of $150m.</p> <p>In a separate case Swiss authorities have opened criminal proceedings in connection with the bids to host the World Cups of 2018 in Russia and the Qatar tournament scheduled for 2022. </p> <p>Police raided the <span class="caps">FIFA</span> offices earlier and seized electronic equipment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/nine-fifa-officials-and-five-corporate-executives-indicted-racketeering-conspiracy-and">US</a> Attorney General Loretta Lynch stressed the probe was far from over she said:“Let me be clear: this indictment is not the final chapter in our investigation.”</p>