Fifa: Sepp Blatter & Jerome Valcke not involved in corruption racket
Fifa says despite the arrests of 9 officials and 4 others, the elections will go ahead as planned.
JOHANNESBURG - Football governing body Fifa has confirmed that President Sepp Blatter and General Secretary Jerome Valcke are both not involved and have not been implicated in a corruption racket.
The FBI together with US tax authorities and Swiss authorities launched a corruption investigation into senior officials at Fifa, just two days before it holds elections for a new president.
Arrests were made overnight by Swiss agents in Zurich and 14 people will be charged in New York today.
The arrests are linked to claims of bribery worth $115 million relating to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Swiss authorities earlier today announced that criminal proceedings have been opened over the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups to Russia and Qatar.
To read the full statement from the Swiss Attorney General on the matter, click here.
The opeartion comes just two days before the Fifa congress and presidential election where Blatter is expected to be voted in for a fifth four-year term in office.
According to Fifa, the congress and election will go ahead as planned.
According to the US Justice Department, the 14 implicated include former and current Fifa officials and and sports marketing executives.
They face charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies among other charges.
The statements of both the US Justice Department and Switzerland's Attorney General's office makes the distinction that there are two separate cases brought forward against the officials, one for Russia's 2018 World Cup and then Qatar's 2022 World Cup
Fifa however, says vice-president, Jeffrey Webb, who is among those arrested, could face charges and an internal investigation.
FIFA OFFICIALS (CURRENT & FORMER)
Jeffrey Webb: Current Fifa vice president and executive committee member, Concacaf president, Caribbean Football Union (CFU) executive committee member and Cayman Islands Football Association (Cifa) president.
Eduardo Li: Current Fifa executive committee member-elect, Concacaf executive committee member and Costa Rican soccer federation (Fedefut) president.
Julio Rocha: Current Fifa development officer. Former Central American Football Union (Uncaf) president and Nicaraguan soccer federation (Fenifut) president.
Costas Takkas: Current attaché to the Concacaf president. Former Cifa general secretary.
Jack Warner: Former Fifa vice president and executive committee member, Concacaf president, CFU president and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) special adviser.
Eugenio Figueredo: Current Fifa vice president and executive committee member. Former Conmebol president and Uruguayan soccer federation (AUF) president.
Rafael Esquivel: Current Conmebol executive committee member and Venezuelan soccer federation (FVF) president.
José Maria Marin: Current member of the Fifa organising committee for the Olympic football tournaments. Former CBF president.
Nicolás Leoz: Former Fifa executive committee member and Conmebol president.
SPORTS MARKETING EXECUTIVES:
Alejandro Burzaco: Controlling principal of Torneos y Competencias S.A., a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliates.
Aaron Davidson: President of Traffic Sports USA Inc. (Traffic USA).
Hugo and Mariano Jinkis: Controlling principals of Full Play Group S.A., a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliates.
ALLEGED FACILITATOR :
José Margulies: Controlling principal of Valente Corp. and Somerton Ltd