Fifa officials arrested on corruption charges

Arrests have been made in Zurich and up to 14 people are expected to be charged in New York today.

Fifa headquarters in Zurich. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The FBI together with US tax authorities and Swiss authorities have launched a corruption investigation into senior officials at the world soccer body Fifa, just two days before it holds elections for a new president.

Arrests were made overnight by Swiss agents in Zurich and up to 14 people are expected to be charged in New York today.

The FBI confirmed that Fifa president is among those being investigated for alleged corrupt bidding for the 2022 Qatar world cup but he has not been arrested.

Fifa has been at the center of corruption investigations for years.

But the organisation has long dismissed allegations that top officials were on the take.

The probe relates to the alleged corrupt bidding process for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Meanwhile, former media manager for the 2010 Fifa World Cup Jermaine Craig says the arrests and investigation of the soccer governing body's top officials has been timed to coincide with elections for a new president in two days.

Craig says the probe will undoubtedly affect elections.

"These investigations have been ongoing but the arrests and movements just so soon before the election of course it can't be too coincidental, I think it surely gears towards just the timing and certainly coinciding with the elections."