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体坛新闻:国际足联7名高官被逮捕

2015-05-28    来源:网络    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

7 FIFA officials set for extradition to US
国际足联7名高官被逮捕


瑞士当局对位于苏黎世的巴尔拉克酒店进行了“突袭行动”,警方直接冲入该酒店数间高级套房,现场逮捕了数名国际足联(FIFA)高级官员。值得一提的是,这其中并不包括国际足联主席布拉特。


本周五,国际足联将在苏黎世召开第65届国际足联大会,选出新一任国际足联主席。近几日,国际足联大批官员已先后入住会址所在地、五星级酒店巴尔拉克酒店,并为大会进行最后准备,但谁也未料到,大会还未召开,部分高级官员就被突然带走。

国际足联的官僚和腐败一直广受批评,但此前从未受到如此冲击。此次逮捕事件迅速发酵,国际足联主席布拉特的权威进一步遭到质疑。由于周五是国际足联主席“大选”之日,此事在利好布拉特反对者的同时,也引发外界对于国际足球腐败的空前忧虑。
Seven of the most powerful figures in global soccer faced extradition to the United States on corruption charges after being arrested on Wednesday in Switzerland, where authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups.

The world's most popular sport was plunged into turmoil after US and Swiss authorities announced separate inquiries into the activities of the game's powerful governing body.

US authorities said nine football officials and five sports media and promotions executives faced corruption charges involving more than $150 million in bribes. Swiss police arrested seven FIFA officials who are now awaiting extradition to the US.



US officials gave details of a case in which they said they exposed complex money laundering schemes, found millions of dollars in untaxed incomes and tens of millions in offshore accounts held by FIFA officials.


At a New York press conference, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said authorities were seeking the arrest of other people in connection with the case.

One of those indicted, former FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner of Trinidad, solicited $10 million in bribes from the South African government to host the 2010 World Cup, the Justice Department said. Warner issued a statement saying he is innocent of any charges.

Those arrested did not include Sepp Blatter, the Swiss head of FIFA, but included several just below him in the hierarchy of sport's wealthiest body.

Of the 14 indicted by the US Department of Justice, seven FIFA officials, including Vice-President Jeffrey Webb, were being held in Zurich. Four people and two corporate defendants had already pleaded guilty to various charges, the department said.

The Miami, Florida headquarters of CONCACAF, the soccer federation that governs North America, Central America and the Caribbean, were being searched on Wednesday, the DoJ said.

"As charged in the indictment, the defendants fostered a culture of corruption and greed that created an uneven playing field for the biggest sport in the world," said FBI Director James Comey. "Undisclosed and illegal payments, kickbacks, and bribes became a way of doing business at FIFA."

The FIFA officials appeared to have walked into a trap set by US and Swiss authorities. The arrests were made at dawn at a plush Zurich hotel, the Baur au Lac, where FIFA officials are staying ahead of a vote this week where they are expected to anoint Blatter for a fifth term in office. Suites at the hotel cost up to $4,000 a night.(Source:Globaltimes)



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