The New York Times reports the arrest of several FIFA senior officials on corruption charges and moves to extradite them to the U.S. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Authorities in Zurich, Switzerland, on Wednesday (May 27) launched an operation to arrest several high-ranking FIFA officials on corruption charges and extradite them to the United States, the New York Times reported. The paper said more than a dozen plain-clothed Swiss law enforcement officials arrived at Zurich's Baur au Lac hotel early on Wednesday, took keys from the registration desk and headed up to the rooms. The Times, citing anonymous law enforcement officials, said the U.S. federal charges include racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud and span two decades of misconduct in soccer's world governing body. More than 10 officials were expected to be indicted, the newspaper reported. The officials are in Zurich for the FIFA Congress where incumbent Sepp Blatter faces a challenge from Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in a presidential election on Friday. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice later issued a statement saying six soccer officials had been arrested in Zurich and detained pending extradition to the U.S. American authorities suspect them of receiving bribes worth a total of more than 100 million dollars.