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FIFA head holds emergency meeting amid recent scandal


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by Joseph Earnest May 28, 2015


Newscast Media GENEVAFIFA President Sepp Blatter hosted an emergency meeting on Thursday to manage the crisis that hit the football federation Wednesday when seven high-profile FIFA officials were arrested by Swiss police in Zurich on the request of U.S. authorities.

"There was a meeting today with the president with the representatives from the confederations to discuss the current situation," said FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer in a statement.

Among those detained on Wednesday and pending extradition to the United States is Eduardo Li, member-elect of the FIFA executive committee and president of Costa Rica's soccer federation, along with other top members of the South American Football Association (CONMEBOL) and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

An additional seven have also been charged by U.S. authorities with allegations of corruption including fraud, bribery and money laundering.

FIFA, in a statement yesterday, said the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Hans-Joachim Eckert, had banned provisionally 11 individuals from carrying out any football-related activities on a national and international level.

The banned individuals are: Jeffrey Webb, Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Jack Warner, Eugenio Figueredo, Rafael Esquivel, José Maria Marin, Nicolás Leoz, Chuck Blazer and Daryll Warner.

Newscast Media revealed over two years ago that there was a serious problem of fraud and bribery that plagued FIFA. (pop-up)

According to news reports, the European football association (UEFA) will not boycott FIFA's 65th congress which will hold the federation's presidential elections on Friday, despite UEFA head Michel Platini asking Blatter to step-down.

UEFA, together with other national football associations have publicly endorsed the 79-year-old Swiss' only opposition candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan in the May 29 vote.

Both the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have voiced their continued support for Blatter and have called for the vote to go on as planned, according to reports.   Add Comments>>


Source: Xinhua











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