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Fifa vice-presidents suspended

Fifa has suspended vice-presidents Alfredo Hawit and Juan Angel Napout for 90 days.

The pair had been arrested in Switzerland on Thursday at the request of the US authorities, on suspicion of accepting millions of dollars of bribes.

Napout, 57, oversees football in the South America confederation and Hawit, 64, is interim president for North, Central America and Caribbean football.

The pair are barred from all football-connected activity.

They were arrested in a dawn raid on the very same Zurich hotel exactly where several officials from world football’s governing body were arrested in May possibly.

Fifa’s executive committee had been meeting in the city, voting on reforms.

Later on Thursday, the pair had been element of a total of 16 officials charged by US authorities investigating corruption in the organisation.

US attorney basic Loretta Lynch said: “The betrayal of trust set forth here is outrageous. The scale of corruption alleged herein is unconscionable.

“And the message from this announcement should be clear to every single culpable person who remains in the shadows, hoping to evade our investigation: you will not wait us out you will not escape our focus.”

Fifa vice-presidents held in Zurich

Two Fifa vice-presidents have been arrested in a dawn raid at a Swiss hotel on suspicion of accepting millions of dollars of bribes.

Concacaf president Alfredo Hawit and Conmebol president Juan Angel Napout were taken from the Baur au Lac hotel, Zurich, where numerous Fifa officials were also arrested in Might.

Fifa’s executive committee has been meeting in the city, voting on reforms.

It says it will “completely co-operate” with separate US and Swiss investigations.

The US Department of Justice requested Thursday morning’s arrests as component of its ongoing investigation into corruption in football’s world governing physique.

Hawit, 64, is interim president for North, Central America and Caribbean football, although Napout, 57, oversees football in the South American confederation.

They are alleged to have taken cash for promoting marketing and advertising rights in connection with football tournaments in Latin America, as nicely as World Cup qualifying matches, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FoJ) said.

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“According to the US arrest requests, they are suspected of accepting bribes of millions of dollars,” it said, adding the pair had opposed their extradition to the United States at a hearing earlier.

Fifa’s reform committee chairman, Francois Carrard, mentioned at a news conference in Zurich the arrests had been “a really critical step” as portion of changes “so Fifa can renew itself”.

Speaking following a number of reforms were approved on Thursday, he added: “Fifa is going through a main crisis – a crisis is a unique opportunity for change, for renewal.”

In Could, seven Fifa officials, like yet another two vice-presidents, have been arrested at the exact same Zurich hotel at the request of US authorities, as the governing physique became engulfed by claims of widespread wrongdoing.

A Swiss criminal investigation into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was also launched earlier this year, alongside the US inquiry.

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BBC Radio five live’s Richard Conway is at the Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich

Evaluation: BBC Radio five live’s Richard Conway at the Baur au Lac hotel:

“As soon as once again the US authorities have used the occasion of a Fifa meeting to strike.

“Efficiently Fifa is getting run by its lawyers correct now. I’m told it’s company as standard for them but the meeting later will now be dominated by these arrests.

“I am told there will be an emphasis to say Fifa are a victim in this – that they are the victims of actions by men and women and that Fifa are suffering as a result.”

Fifa corruption inquiries: What else is going on?

Fifa president Sepp Blatter, 79, and Uefa president Michel Platini, 60, a Fifa vice-president, are currently suspended for 90 days after the Swiss lawyer common opened criminal proceedings against Blatter.

Fifa suspended the pair in October even though Fifa’s ethics committee investigates corruption claims against them. Each deny wrongdoing.

Shortly following the original Fifa arrests in May possibly, Blatter announced he would step down as president in February 2016 following 17 years in charge, despite obtaining been re-elected the earlier week.

Two of the seven Fifa officials arrested in Zurich in May possibly, the then Concacaf president and Fifa vice-president, Jeffrey Webb, and the former head of Brazilian football, Jose Maria Marin, did not contest their extradition to the US to face charges.

The other five opposed extradition and are awaiting appeals against the move.

The seven have been amongst a total of 14 folks – nine Fifa officials and 5 sports and broadcast advertising executives – indicted by US prosecutors in May possibly on corruption charges. Four other males created guilty pleas.

Bar au Lac

Arrests have been produced at the same luxury Zurich hotel at which Fifa officials were detained in Might

Police leave the Baur au Lac hotel

Two people have been taken to a garage at the hotel and driven away in police vehicles

A man hides his face at the wheel of a car

The identity of the two Fifa officials taken away by authorities has not however been confirmed

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