FIFA: Arrests are for ‘the good of football’

Swiss authorities arrested 14 people, including six FIFA officials, in Zurich early Wednesday morning, all on corruption charges.

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Just after Swiss authorities raided a hotel and arrested six FIFA officials on corruption charges early Wednesday, the international soccer organization released a statement saying, “FIFA welcomes actions that can help contribute to rooting out any wrongdoing in football.”

The statement explains that the arrests relate to two separate cases. One case comes from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of the State of New York and involves CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, and CONMEBOL, the South American soccer confederation.

Among those arrested were CONCACAF’s president, Jeffrey Webb, who is also a vice president of FIFA, and CONMEBOL’s vice president, Eugenio Figueredo.

FIFA’s statement explains the second case:

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