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Wednesday 7 December 2016

FIFA official extradited

A FIFA official arrested in Zurich as part of the corruption scandal has been extradited to the United States, Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice has confirmed.

The man in question is reported to be Jeffrey Webb, the vice president of FIFA and CONCACAF.

A statement from Swiss officials said the FIFA official - one of seven arrested in dawn raids on May 27 - "was handed over to a three-man U.S police escort in Zurich who accompanied him on the flight to New York."

Swiss officials declined to release the man's name but confirmed he had agreed to be extradited last week.

It is understood that Webb, who arrived in the US on Wednesday, was the only arrested FIFA official not fighting extradition.

Webb, 50, is accused of accepting bribes worth millions of dollars, and he has already been suspended from football duty by FIFA's ethics committee. He is expected to face the charges in a New York court.

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