Organizers: U20 World Cup unaffected by FIFA investigation
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.''