Zurich - The United States asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA
officials arrested in an investigation into a global bribery scandal at
soccer's governing body, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said on
The officials, including two then members of FIFA's executive committee,
have been in jail since being detained on US arrest warrants in a raid on a
luxury Zurich hotel on May 27.
The arrests took place two days before FIFA's annual congress, throwing the
organisation into turmoil.
US prosecutors say their investigation - which is running parallel to a
separate Swiss probe - exposes complex money laundering schemes, millions of
dollars in untaxed incomes and tens of millions in offshore accounts held by
The seven were among 14 people charged in cases involving more than $150
million in bribes over a period of 24 years.
The FOJ said it would rule on the extradition requests within a few weeks,
based on statutory hearings and the responses of the FIFA officials.
Under a bilateral treaty, US authorities had up to 40 days to file an
extradition request, which all seven of the officials had previously said they
Proceedings under the treaty are relatively straightforward, even if the
defendants have the right to appeal along the way, legal experts say.
The seven include the former president of FIFA's Americas confederation
CONCACAF, Jeffrey Webb, and Eugenio Figueredo, who sat on the executive at the
time of their arrest.
The detainees were provisionally banned by FIFA's own ethics committee
following the arrests. FIFA has said that it is cooperating with the
A Swiss court last month rejected one official's request to be released on
bail, citing the risk he might flee.