May 27, 2015

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Football New Zealand says the arrests of some leading FIFA executives on corruption charges will have no impact on the Under-20 World Cup, which kicks off Saturday.

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, who chaired the FIFA organizing committee for the Under-20 tournament and visited New Zealand in February for the draw, was among those arrested in dawn raids by Swiss police on Wednesday.

Football New Zealand chief executive Andy Martin issued a statement Thursday in which he described recent events as ''very serious'' and said ''we continue to monitor the situation closely so that we can react appropriately.''

Martin adds: ''We do not anticipate that these events will impact on the tournament.''

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