At 6am in Zurich an international law enforcement collaboration resulted in a raid at the Hotel Bauer au Lac, where Fifa delegates were lodging ahead of the 65th Fifa congress.
The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has confirmed that Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb is one of 14 people indicted for racketeering, fraud and money laundering following dawn raids in Switzerland.
Though the identity of those arrested was withheld at the time of arrest, the DoJ has released their names along with charges of which they are to answer to.
“A 47-count indictment was unsealed early this morning in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging 14 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses, in connection with the defendants’ participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer. The guilty pleas of four individual defendants and two corporate defendants were also unsealed today,” explained a DoJ release.
“The defendants charged in the indictment include high-ranking officials of Fifa, the organisation responsible for the regulation and promotion of soccer worldwide, as well as leading officials of other soccer governing bodies that operate under the Fifa umbrella. Jeffrey Webb and Jack Warner – the current and former presidents of Concacaf, the continental confederation under Fifa headquartered in the United States – are among the soccer officials charged with racketeering and bribery offenses.”
Though FIFA president Sepp Blatter was not arrested, Swiss police has revealed that there are six figures set to be questioned in matters relating to fraud.
“By order of the FOJ, six soccer officials were arrested in Zurich on Wednesday and detained pending extradition,” a statement from Zurich police confirmed.
“The US authorities suspect them of having received bribes totalling in the millions of US dollars. The FOJ’s arrest warrants were issued further to a request by the US authorities.
“The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is investigating these individuals on suspicion of the acceptance of bribes and kick-backs between the early 1990s and the present day.”