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.
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.”
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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.