FIFA corruption probe more arrests expected

FIFA corruption probe more arrests expected
FIFA corruption probe more arrests expected ZURICH: FIFA and embattled President Sepp Blatter faced more pressure on Monday as US Attorney General Loretta Lynch warned of new indictments in a widening investigation of corruption in international soccer.

“We do anticipate pursuing additional charges against individuals and entities,” Lynch said in FIFA’s home city, citing unspecified new evidence gathered since the stunning May 27 arrests of seven people at a luxury hotel in Zurich.

Lynch spoke at a news conference alongside her Swiss counterpart, Michael Lauber, whose separate investigation of money laundering appears equally threatening to FIFA and its soon-departing president.

Swiss federal agencies have now seized properties in the Swiss Alps and more evidence during house searches in western Switzerland, said Lauber, who last updated media on his case in June.

“Investment in real estate can be used for the purpose of money laundering,” said Lauber, whose case seems to lead beyond its original focus of FIFA’s criminal complaint about the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests.
FIFA’s 209 member federations will elect Blatter’s successor on Feb. 26 in Zurich.

“I think they have a lot to consider,” Lynch said of FIFA’s response to the cases.

“To anyone who seeks to live in the past and to return soccer to the days of corruption and bribery, cronyism and patronage, this global response sends a clear message: you are on the wrong side of progress.”

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