FIFA says its president and general secretary are not among officials arrested over corruption allegations in a police swoop. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Nine high-ranking soccer officials, including two current vice-presidents of world governing-body FIFA, and five sports marketing executives have been indicted on federal corruption charges, U.S. law enforcement officials said on Wednesday. The 47-count indictment unsealed in a federal court in New York charged the defendants with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies as part of a scheme that spanned more than two decades, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. Seven FIFA officials, including current FIFA vice president and executive committee member Jeffrey Webb, were arrested by authorities in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States, the department said. FIFA spokesman Walter de Gregorio told a news conference the president and general secretary were not involved and that the body would co-operate fully with investigators. "The timing may not obviously be the best but definitely FIFA welcomes this process and FIFA co-operates fully with the attorney-general of Switzerland and the Federal Office of Justice," he said. Four individuals and two corporate defendants had already pleaded guilty to various charges, the department said.