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Switzerland: FIFA arrests not connected to 2018 World Cup bid - Russia's Sorokin

268 28.05.2015 Инфо

The arrests of the 14 FIFA officials on Wednesday were not in any way connected to the World Cup bids for 2018 and 2022, CEO of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Alexei Sorokin said in Zurich on Thursday. Sorokin went on to explain that the officials implicated were not FIFA Executive Committee members at the time of the voting so "they could not have possibly anything to do with the host country selection process." 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.