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Fifa arrests: French minister calls for election delay

It "would make sense" to delay Friday's planned vote to elect a new Fifa president in light of the latest scandal to hit the organisation, France's foreign minister has said.

Sepp Blatter is bidding for a fifth term in office in this Friday's presidential election. Credit: Reuters

Laurent Fabius said Fifa currently had a "disastrous image" and time was needed to establish the facts.

"It's been several years that there have been accusations of corruption. It would make sense to take a bit of time, see what is true and not and then the authorities can adjudicate, but for now, it's giving a disastrous image," Fabius told a French radio station.

"I'm saying this on a personal level, but it would seem to make sense (to delay the election)," he said.


Hammond: Something 'deeply wrong' at heart of Fifa

There is something "deeply wrong" at the heart of Fifa, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said, as he became the latest figure to call for reform of the governing body.

Philip Hammond is the latest person to express concern at the latest Fifa scandal. Credit: Reuters

"There is something deeply wrong at the heart of Fifa and international football needs to reform, needs to get its act together," Mr Hammond told the BBC.

Sepp Blatter - who is seeking a fifth term as president - is under pressure to resign after several senior Fifa officials were arrested on suspicion of "rampant" corruption.

He later told Sky News that a British politician in the same positon as Mr Blatter would be "struggling to cling on".

US prosecutors allege 12 corrupt Fifa schemes

Some of the accused officials Credit: Reuters

The US Department of Justice has outlined 12 schemes it alleges the Fifa officials and executives arrested yesterday were involved with, dating as far back as 1993.

Payments and kickbacks are alleged to have been made during the organisation of various cup competitions, including the Copa Americas, the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Do Brazil in South America, the Concacaf Gold Cup and Champions League - decades' worth of World Cup Qualifiers in the Caribbean and Central America.

Votes on the host of the 2010 World Cup are also called into question, as is the 2011 Fifa presidential election, and kit supplies for the Brazilian FA.

Hundreds of millions of dollars are alleged to have changed hands across the various schemes.

Banks face tough questions over alleged Fifa bribes

More than a dozen banks have been named in the US Department of Justice's investigation into more than $150m in bribes.

"Part of our investigation will look at the conduct of the financial institutions to see whether they were cognizant of the fact they were helping launder these bribe payments," Kelly T Currie, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said at a news conference.

"It's too early to say if there is any problematic behavior, but it will be part of our investigation," he said.


Ex Fifa VP Jack Warner escorted by Trinidad police

Ex CONCACAF president Jack Warner was arrested yesterday in his native Trinidad as part of the ongoing investigation into Fifa corruption

The former FIFA vice-president Warner was indicted in a US Department of Justice investigation, which alleges he solicited $10m in bribes from the South African government to host the 2010 World Cup.

This was the scene as he handed himself into police yesterday.

Majority of arrested officials will contest extradition

One official might have agreed to extradition Credit: Reuters

Six of the Fifa officials who were arrested on corruption charges in Switzerland yesterday will contest their extradition to the US, according to the Swiss Federal Office of Justice.

The FOJ says it will now have to ask American authorities to submit formal extradition requests within 40 days, in accordance with their bilateral treaty.

Extradition proceedings will be resumed as soon as these requests have been received, but the six men can still agree to "simplified extradition".

The seventh official, who has not been named, has indicated that they might be willing to be handed over.

Ex Fifa vice president hands himself over to police

The former Fifa vice president Jack Warner turned himself over to police in Trinidad and Tobago, shortly after they issued an arrest warrant at the request of authorities in the US, where he was one of 14 people linked to international soccer indicted on corruption charges.

Former Fifa vice president Jack Warner arrested. Credit: PA

Warner appeared in court, where a judge read 12 charges against him and then granted him $2.5 million bail on certain conditions, including that he surrender his passport and report to police twice a week. Warner did not enter a plea and is scheduled to appear in court again on July 12.

The attorney general's office in Trinidad and Tobago said it had been working with the US Justice Department for about a year regarding the investigation of Warner, who was forced out of Fifa in 2011 over a bribery scandal.

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