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Spokesman: 'FIFA Is the Damaged Party'

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 06:19 AM

FIFA spokesman Walter de Gregorio told reporters at a news conference that "FIFA is the damaged party" after two major legal developments erupted early Wednesday in Zurich, home to FIFA, the world soccer body.

Six soccer officials were arrested in Zurich by Swiss authorities relating to a U.S. corruption probe. Hours later, Swiss federal prosecutors announced they have opened separate criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter was not among those arrested and is running for a re-election this week.

De Gregorio says "it is once again FIFA suffering under the circumstances." He insisted that the FIFA Congress, which gathers soccer officials from all over the world, will go ahead as planned.

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said in a statement the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York is investigating the individuals on suspicion of the acceptance of bribes and kick-backs between the early 1990s and now.

"The bribery suspects — representatives of sports media and sports promotion firms — are alleged to have been involved in schemes to make payments to the soccer functionaries (FIFA delegates) and other functionaries of FIFA sub-organizations - totaling more than USD 100 million," the FOJ statement said. "In return, it is believed that they received media, marketing, and sponsorship rights in connection with soccer tournaments in Latin America."


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