USA: FIFA criminal case sees CONCACAF offices raided in Miami

FBI officials and Miami police raided the the North American office of Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) on Wednesday, as part of an international investigation that saw seven FIFA officials arrested in dawn raids earlier in the day in Zurich. The raids are purportedly related to FIFA awarding the 2018 World Cup to Qatar and the 2022 tournament to Russia. The investigations, however, allege widespread corruption, not only in the allocation of tournaments, but also in deals struck with broadcasters vying for rights to international games. The US Department of Justice has indicted 14 people in total on charges of fraud, money laundering and racketeering. FIFA have stated that their annual meeting will go ahead, as will the election process, in which President Sepp Blatter is running for a fifth term. FIFA are due to debate the exclusion of Israel from the federation on Friday and the suspension of the Israeli Football Association (IFA) on Friday.

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