Who's who of the men involved in the latest corruption crisis surrounding FIFA
Football's governing body FIFA was rocked early Wednesday morning by the arrests of six senior officials. Reactions came in from from ex-players and officials, as well from Jack Warner, one of those indicted by the DOJ but who resigned from FIFA in 2011. He has claimed he is innocent of all crimes.
Six of the seven top FIFA officials arrested on Wednesday in Zurich as part of a twin corruption probe are opposing their extradition to the United States, the Swiss justice ministry said.
Corrupt officials at world soccer's governing body FIFA took bribes during the process that awarded the 2010 World Cup to South Africa, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch alleged Wednesday.
Swiss federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, throwing FIFA deeper into crisis only hours after six soccer officials were arrested and 14 indicted Wednesday in a separate U.S. corruption probe.
Here' a look at the timeline of events that have split the football world and rocked to the core the world governing body.
FIFA has been dogged by allegations of corruptions for many a year, with the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups coming under particularly heightened scrutiny.
Thiriez emphasised the importance of European football to the world game and that the EPFL sent a report to FIFA recommending the tournament be played in May, but it was ignored.
The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said here Sunday that the 2022 World Cup will in all surety be staged in Qatar.
The signs of unease from some of FIFA's paymasters will raise pressure on the body, led by its 78-year-old Swiss president Sepp Blatter, to get to the bottom of the allegations and tackle underlying concerns about how it is run.
It further said that a note from one of Warner's companies, Jamad, to Bin Hammam's firm, Kemco, requested USD 1.2 million in payment for work carried out between 2005 and 2010.
World soccer's governing body FIFA has been under mounting international criticism since awarding the World Cup to the tiny yet cash-rich Gulf state in 2010 where summer temperatures can rise as high as 50 degrees Celsius.
Blatter has raised the possibility of starting the tournament in November, while UEFA President Michel Platini prefers January.
Theo van Seggelen, secretary general of the FIFPro unions, tells The Associated Press the strategy panel's discussion was "not an agreement" for winter.
Zwanziger, who joined the FIFA executive the following year, also said shifting the tournament to the winter months would put the unity of German football in danger.