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New York (AFP) - The US Justice Department announced conspiracy and corruption charges against nine football officials and five business executives Wednesday, after Swiss authorities arrested seven suspects based on the indictments.
Swiss police detained several FIFA leaders in a dawn raid Wednesday as part of a twin corruption inquiry that rocked world football's governing body two days before its leader Sepp Blatter seeks a new term. Two FIFA vice-presidents were among seven people arrested at a luxury Zurich hotel. All now face deportation to the United States on charges of accepting more than $150 million in bribes.