FIFA officials are among 14 people held in Switzerland over suspected of involvement in a multi-million dollar corruption scandal. Paul Chapman reports.
Swiss police in plain clothes descended just after dawn on this Zurich hotel where FIFA delegates are staying ahead of Friday's presidential election. They arrested 14 people, seven of them high-ranking officials of soccer's world governing body, over corruption allegations. U.S. investigators who've indicted the suspects say they face charges including racketeering and fraud as part of a scheme spanning more than two decades. FIFA spokesman Walter de Gregorio says the inquiry is painful but necessary. (SOUNDBITE)(Voice of translater in English) WALTER DE GREGORIO, FIFA DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, SAYING: "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." All those arrested are being held pending extradition to the United States. FIFA says its President Sepp Blatter and general secretary are not among them.