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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.


Sevilla beat Dnipro to win fourth Europa League

Carlos Bacca netted twice. Credit: PA

Sevilla have won the Europa League, beating Dnipro 3-2 in Warsaw.

Colombian striker Carlos Bacca scored twice for the Andalusians, in addition to Grzegorz Krychowiak's strike.

Dnipro had taken the lead through Nikola Kalinic, before Sevilla struck twice.

Ruslan Rotan equalised just before half-time for the Ukrainians, but Bacca struck in the second-half to win the trophy for Sevilla.

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 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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