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FIFA: 'No surprise' at arrests

2015-05-27 14:24
Walter de Gregorio (Gallo)

Zurich - FIFA spokesperson Walter de Gregorio says it's no surprise that Swiss authorities have made arrests in relation to a corruption probe involving the world soccer body.

Read: US indictment on 2010 SWC

He says it's only a surprise that the arrests came on Wednesday.

De Gregorio says FIFA itself turned over to Swiss judicial authorities last November the report by investigator Michael Garcia into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

So he said the arrests were "the consequences of what we initiated."

Six soccer officials were arrested early on Wednesday in Zurich by Swiss authorities relating to a US 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.

Dozens of soccer officials are in Switzerland this week for the FIFA congress and presidential election, where FIFA President Sepp Blatter is widely expected to win re-election.

Blatter was not among those arrested.


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