Fifa Officials Arrested In Zurich Over Corruption Charges
FIFA officials have been under investigation by the FBI for several years.
Officials of FIFA, have been under investigation by the FBI for several years as questions have swirled over whether top officials were paid large bribes to select the host country for World Cup final round dating back years.
Russia is set to host the 2018 tournament, while Qatar was chosen to host in 2022. Brazil hosted the games in 2014 and South Africa in 2010. The selection of Qatar was widely questioned because of the tiny emirate’s blistering heat, human rights record and lack of history in the sport, along with the close ties of its ruling family to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who is expected to win re-election this week.
But Fifa said an investigation did not find any direct link between the World Cup bid and illicit payments made by the disgraced former Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed bin Hammam, a Qatari who was banned for life for paying bribes during a campaign to unseat Blatter as president.