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Friday 2 December 2016

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SEPP Blatter (left) is said to be "relaxed" after a dawn raid by the Swiss authorities on the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich ended with 14 arrests, including key members of FIFA's Executive Committee.

FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb was among those arrested along with Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Eugenio Figueredo, Rafael Esquivel and Jose Maria Marin.

In total nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives have been indicted.

The Swiss Attorney Generals office moved to make the arrests following charges laid by the FBI in America relating to racketeering and fraud but a FIFA spokesman has stressed that Blatter "is not involved in this process".

US attorney general Loretta Lynch said the indictment alleged "corruption that is rampant, systemic and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States" and that it "spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks".

However, FIFA's Walter de Gregorio confirmed that Friday's presidency election will go ahead as planned.

In a separate move, Swiss authorities also opened separate criminal proceedings over the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

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