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FIFA holds leadership elections, faces criminal inquiries

from BBC

 FIFA’s election for President is taking place Friday, May 29, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Incumbent president, Sepp Blatter, is a candidate, seeking a fifth term at the poll. Amidst the elections, two criminal inquiries into corruption charges at football's world governing body, FIFA, are under way in the US and Switzerland.

Seven top officials of the world football house were arrested on the eve of its 2015 Congress in Zurich in connection with the charges, but Mr. Blatter was not one of the seven arrested FIFA officials.

The BBC had quoted the US Justice Department as having said the seven arrested officials were among 14 persons indicted in connection with corruption charges in a US inquiry.

The BBC had also said the second criminal inquiry was launched by Swiss prosecutors into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
The two World Cups are scheduled to take place in Russia and Qatar, respectively.

Following the launch of the two criminal inquiries and subsequent arrests, many calls were made for FIFA to postpone the elections until the criminal charges are fully dealt with. 

But FIFA vowed it was going ahead with the elections as scheduled saying, there would be no rerun of the World Cup bidding processes for 2018 and 2022.

 


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