Swiss make more arrests in FIFA corruption scandal: NYT

03 Dec, 2015 10:00 am

ZURICH/NEW YORK – Swiss law enforcement officials made more arrests in the ongoing investigation of football’s world governing body FIFA, some of them in a pre-dawn raid on a hotel in Zurich, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing law enforcement officials.

Authorities were targeting current and former senior football officials on charges that included racketeering, money laundering and fraud, the newspaper said.

Zurich police, asked by Reuters about more arrests in the FIFA case, said they were taking action at the request of Swiss federal justice authorities.

Authorities have said for months to expect a second wave of corruption charges in football following US charges in May against 14 officials and sports marketing executives with paying and taking bribes.

US Department of Justice officials were expected to appear at a news conference in Washington as soon as Thursday to discuss the case, people familiar with the plans said.

A spokeswoman for US prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. -Reuters

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