Switzerland: "Game over Blatter" - activists protest outside FIFA's annual conference

Activists from Avaaz protested outside Hallenstadion, Zurich, where FIFA were holding their 65th Congress, Thursday. The activists called for the resignation of long-standing FIFA President Sepp Blatter and for an end to the alleged 'slave labour' being used to construct stadiums in Qatar, for the 2022 World Cup. The protesters held signs reading "Game over for Blatter" and "Give slavery the red card." The protest comes as seven senior FIFA officials and executives were arrested at the Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich on Wednesday as part of a US investigation into corruption. The group of suspects may be extradited to the United States to face charges of "racketeering, conspiracy and corruption." The individuals are alleged by federal prosecutors to have used partnerships with sports marketing executives to gain $150 million (€137 million) in bribes in exchange for their backing of several competitions. Seven other FIFA officials and corporate executives have been arrested in connection with a separate case. The arrests come just two days before a vote to re-elect the head of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, who is running for a fifth term at the age of 79. Blatter is set to face only rival Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan.

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