Authorities in Zurich on Wednesday arrested several high-ranking FIFA officials on racketeering and corruption charges and will most likely extradite them to the US, The New York Times reported.
The charges relate to more than $150 million in alleged bribes and kickbacks from the 1990s to today.
“The individuals indicted were expected to uphold the rules that kept soccer honest. They instead corrupted the business to enrich themselves,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a press conference on Wednesday.
In an extensive statement, the US Department of Justice accused the officials in the international soccer governing body of a “24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer.”
Four men, including former top-ranking FIFA executive Chuck Blazer, have already pleaded guilty.
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