More officials arrested in FIFA scandal, including CONCACAF head
The new series of arrests, which took place at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, come at the behest of an ongoing U.S. investigation into corruption in international soccer, according to the report. The new proceedings follow the May arrests of several top soccer officials at the same hotel.
Hawit was named acting president of CONCACAF after previous president Jeffrey Webb was charged with racketeering, money laundering and fraud by the U.S. Department of Justice in May. Webb was among the FIFA officials detained during the May raid at Baur au Lac.
Other notable arrests Thursday morning include those of the former and current president of the Brazil soccer federation, Ricardo Teixeira and Marco Polo del Nero, The Times also reported.
More than a dozen people are expected to be charged in the new round of arrests, according to The Times. Current and former leading soccer officials will reportedly face a variety of corruption charges.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not face arrest, according to the report.
The ongoing criminal investigations into FIFA by multiple countries and agencies have destabilized soccer’s world governing body. Blatter, who announced his intention to resign from his position just days after the May indictments, is currently serving a suspension for alleged wrongdoing regarding a 2006 World Cup television contract, as well as a controversial payment made to UEFA president Michel Platini in 2011.
The U.S. Department of Justice said after the May arrests that legal proceedings stemmed from decades of “rampant, systematic and deep-rooted corruption” in FIFA.
FIFA officials remained in Zurich for an executive committee meeting Thursday.