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Nike: We are 'concerned by very serious allegations'

Nike has said that it 'strongly opposes any manipulation or bribery' after Fifa officials were accused of bribery and corruption over two decades.

Like fans everywhere we care passionately about the game and are concerned by the very serious allegations. Nike believes in ethical and fair play in both business and sport and strongly opposes any form of manipulation or bribery.

We have been cooperating, and will continue to cooperate, with the authorities.

– Nike spokesperson

Coca-Cola: 'Controversy tarnished the ideals of Fifa'

Coca-Cola has issued a statement saying that "Controversy has tarnished the ideals of Fifa'' after nine officials were among those arrested this morning.

This lengthy controversy has tarnished the mission and ideals of the FIFA World Cup and we have repeatedly expressed our concerns about these serious allegations.

We expect FIFA to continue to address these issues thoroughly. FIFA has stated that it is responding to all requests for information and we are confident it will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities.

– Coke spokesperson

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Three arrests at anti-austerity protest near Whitehall

The anti-austerity demonstration took place to coincide with the Queen's Speech. Credit: Hannah McKay / PA Wire/PA Images

Scotland Yard said three arrests had been made before 7pm in relation to the anti-austerity demonstration which took place to coincide with the Queen's Speech and the State Opening of Parliament.

A 17-year-old youth was arrested on suspicion of assault.

A man, whose age has not been given, was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Police also arrested a 45-year-old man who was wanted on suspicion of violent disorder in relation to an incident in Whitehall on May 9th.

US military 'shipped live anthrax via post' to other labs

A file image of anthrax spores under an electron microscope. Credit: Reuters

Biological warfare scientists accidentally shipped deadly live anthrax spores to other military labs across the United States, it has emerged.

US news network CNN broke the news that the samples were inadvertently shipped between a site in Dugway, Utah, and labs in nine other states,

The Pentagon has confirmed the incident, saying that the samples were supposed to be inactive and has insisted that there was no risk to the public.

Some of the most powerful men in football under arrest

Some of the most powerful men in world football are under arrest - at dawn this morning, at the five star hotel, a number of high-ranking Fifa officials were taken away by police.

Aastonishing accusations have emerged involving tens of millions of pounds worth of bribes that rigged World Cup bids, sealed broadcasting deals and even ensured the election of Fifa's president Sepp Blatter. With two international investigations underway, world football and the body that runs it is in crisis.

ITV News sports editor Steve Scott reports from Zurich:

Ukip MP Carswell 'shaken' after mob confrontation

Ukip MP Douglas Carswell ws escorted into a police van for his own safety Credit: PA

Ukip's only Member of Parliament Douglas Carswell has said he genuinely feared for his life after being surrounded by a "lynch mob" of anti-austerity protesters as he tried to leave Westminster following the Queen's Speech.

Mr Carswell said the group that shouted abuse at him as he waited for a bus appeared to have "pretty murderous" intent before he was escorted by officers into the back of a police van as demonstrations turned nasty.

He was caught up in one of several violent flashpoints as he waited for public transport not far from the House of Commons.

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Sepp Blatter: 'This is a difficult time for football'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said that it is a "difficult time" football after nine of the organisations top officials were arrested on corruption charges,.

Sepp Blatter: 'This is a difficult time for football'. Credit: PA

This is a difficult time for football, the fans and for FIFA as an organisation.

As unfortunate as these events are, it should be clear that we welcome the actions and the investigations by the US and Swiss authorities and believe that it will help to reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken to root out any wrongdoing in football.

While there will be many who are frustrated with the pace of change, I would like to stress the actions that we have taken and will continue to take.

In fact, today’s action by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General was set in motion when we submitted a dossier to the Swiss authorities late last year.

Let me be clear: such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game.

– Fifa president Sepp Blatter

EU vote at centre of Consevative's Queen's Speech

A total of 26 new Bills were laid out in the Queen's Speech today but at the heart of it was confirmation of an in/out referendum on Britain's membership of the EU.

David Cameron said it was also a programme for working people, with promises of tax freezes and more free childcare.

ITV News' Political Editor Tom Bradby reports on the pomp and pageantry:

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