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US tax authority readies new indictments in FIFA corruption case - reports

May 30, 2015, 10:29 UTC+3 NEW YORK
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NEW YORK, May 30. /TASS/. The US tax authority is preparing to file new indictments in the corruption case involving the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), The New York Times has reported citing a senior investigation official.

"I’m fairly confident that we will have another round of indictments," Richard Weber, the chief of the US Internal Revenue Service unit in charge of criminal investigations, told the newspaper.

Weber also rejected reports on Washington’s plans to influence FIFA decisions saying: "I don’t think there was ever a decision or a declaration that we would go after soccer." "We were going after corruption," he stressed.

The scandal in the world’s football governing body came to the light on Wednesday, when nine high-ranking FIFA officials and five corporate executives were indicted on corruption and money laundering charges in the United States.

On the same day, seven of the organization’s high-ranking officials, including vice presidents - Jeffrey Webb and Eugenio Figueredo - were arrested in Switzerland’s Zurich. They are facing extradition to the United States.

Simultaneously, it was reported that Switzerland’s police has opened criminal proceedings against a group of unknown persons linked to money laundering during the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. A total of 14 people have been indicted in bribery and kickback schemes.

On Friday, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, 79, was reelected for a fifth term after his single opponent, Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, withdrew his candidacy from the second round of the voting.

Blatter, who has been at the helm of the world's football ruling body since 1998, won 133 votes of FIFA's 209 member states in the first round, while 140 votes were required to secure victory, Prince Ali got 73 votes in the first round.

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