Seven FIFA executives are arrested in Zurich hotel raid over claims they took £65million in bribes

Seven FIFA executives are arrested in Zurich hotel raid over claims they took £65million in bribes as police launch money laundering probe into award of Russia and Qatar World Cups

Criminal proceedings have been opened over the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 football World Cups to Russia and Qatar, plunging FIFA into unprecedented turmoil on a day of sensational developments.

The revelation came just hours after seven high-ranking FIFA executives were arrested this morning during a dramatic dawn raid at a five-star hotel in Switzerland over allegations of bribery totalling more than £60million over the past 25 years.

They are accused of breeding decades of ‘rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted’ corruption within the scandal-hit world football organisation, the U.S. justice department said.

The timing of the arrests was explosive – coming just two days before the FIFA presidential election, which has already been dogged by controversy and claims of corruption.

Switzerland’s Office of the Attorney General later said it was investigating unidentified individuals on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and of money-laundering in connection with FIFA’s decision to award the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively.

  • Clink9

    They have all flow off to their underground lair.

  • SDMatt

    Jack Warner arrested? About 30 years too late.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Israel should welcome attempts by the Palestinians to kick them out of FIFA if only to remove themselves out of range of the stench.

  • Dana Garcia

    America’s new attorney general thinks this case should be her first major project, because there’s nothing else going on in Washington.


  • Hard Little Machine

    I wonder how this will alter the course of the PLO trying to get all Jews banned fro FIFA?

  • Morticiaa

    And now perhaps they will do something about those skum fucking Arabs who have paid for a complete change to the world soccer association so that world teams much reorganize their entire schedules and prepare to play in heated desert lands over ,,yes,,, our Christmas
    Holiday time, which most of the countries in Fifa adher to, but
    Why not let those ass fucking islamics change the entire world soccer
    Bending over and taking it up the ass because now we see …the good ol bottom line,(no pun intended) money… The scum bottom feeders
    Running Fifa have been bought off, big f
    Ing surprise
    The players should all ban together and ban the playoffs in katar