|Six high-ranking FIFA executives were arrested this morning over allegations of widespread corruption involving sponsorship bids over the past 25 years. Vice president Jeffrey Webb is believed to be among those arrested|
Six high-ranking FIFA executives including the vice-president were arrested this morning during a dramatic dawn raid at a five-star hotel in Switzerland over allegations of widespread corruption involving sponsorship bids over the past 25 years. More than a dozen plain-clothed Swiss police officers arrived unannounced at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich at around 6am before storming the rooms where senior officials from the world football's governing body were staying.
Members from the executive committee were then led away by police through the side exit of the hotel, with many using bedsheets to shield themselves from the public eye.
|Several high-ranking FIFA officials have been arrested on suspicion of corruption by Swiss police in Zurich ahead of the FIFA Congress in which president Sepp Blatter is seeking re-election|
The arrests, which came ahead of the FIFA Congress on Friday, involved members of FIFA’s executive committee, which holds significant power and does most of its business largely in secret. The New York Times reported that officers arrived at the plush hotel this morning, before going to went to the registration desk to get keys, then headed upstairs toward the hotel rooms.
According to three anonymous police officials quoted in the New York Times, the allegations include wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.
|The arrests were made after more than a dozen plain-clothed Swiss officer arrived unannounced at the Baur au Lac hotel (pictured), an elegant five-star property with views of the Alps and Lake Zurich|
One FIFA official was led by the authorities from his room to a side-door exit of the hotel. Others were covered in bedsheets to hide themselves from the public and press, it said. The arrests took place as officials gathered in Zurich to elect a new president at the FIFA Congress. Sepp Blatter, the incumbent president, is seeking his fifth term of his election but faces a challenge from Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in a pre