Switzerland: Arrested FIFA officials identified

Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Two officials of world football governing body, FIFA, who were arrested on Thursday morning for their alleged involvement in bribery scandals, have been identified.

They are Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) President Alfredo Hawit and South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) President Juan Angel Napout.

Swiss police on Thursday arrested the two officials for allegedly taking bribes.

A terse statement issued by FIFA and posted on FIFA.com read: "FIFA is aware of the actions taken today by the U.S. Department of Justice. FIFA will continue to cooperate fully with the U.S. investigation as permitted by Swiss law, as well as with the investigation being led by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General. FIFA will have no further comment on today’s developments."

FIFA has been in turmoil over bribery allegations that have seen long-serving President Joseph Sepp Blatter and FIFA Vice President Michel Planiti being suspended.

Blatter is accused of making a huge payment to Platini, who is also European football president. Platini had been hoping to replace Blatter as FIFA president.
-0- PANA MA/SEG 3Dec2015

03 december 2015 20:46:11

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