(FT) Swiss make more arrests in Fifa corruption scandal

(FT) Swiss police have made two further arrests of top international football officials at the request of US authorities investigating scandal-hit Fifa, world football’s governing body.

The Fifa officials were suspected by the US of having accepted “bribes of millions of dollars”, the Swiss federal office of justice said. Their names would be announced later on Thursday.

“The high-ranking Fifa officials are alleged to have taken the money in return for selling marketing rights in connection with football tournaments in Latin America, as well as World Cup qualifying matches,” the Swiss authorities said in a statement.

The latest police action against Fifa followed the arrest of seven officials on May 27, which plunged Fifa into crisis and were followed by Sepp Blatter’s announcement that he would step down as Fifa’s president.

Mr Blatter has since been temporarily suspended from Fifa activities by its ethics committee — as has Michel Platini, president of Europe’s Uefa organisation, who had been seen as possible successor. Jérôme Valcke, Fifa’s general secretary, has also been suspended.Swiss-make-more-arrests-in-Fifa-corruption-scandal-FT