Switzerland: Blatter addresses the FIFA Congress amid calls for him to resign

FIFA President Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter stated he "cannot monitor everyone all of the time," at the organisation's annual congress, in Zurich on Thursday. Blatter continued declaring these are "difficult times for FIFA" and the actions "of individuals, if proven, bring shame and humiliation on football." 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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