Swiss prosecutors seize information from FIFA headquarters

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Lausanne, Switzerland: FIFA has handed over mechanism information to Swiss military questioning a 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes and dangling behest for a 2026 competition as it remained during a centre of a football crime storm.

Brazilian fable Zico, meanwhile, became a initial chairman to strictly announce himself a claimant to take over football’s scandal-tainted universe ruling physique from Sepp Blatter.

FIFA contend they handed over papers to Swiss police, BBC contend a information was seized. Getty Images.FIFA contend they handed over papers to Swiss police, BBC contend a information was seized. Getty Images.

FIFA contend they handed over papers to Swiss police, BBC contend a information was seized. Getty Images.

FIFA pronounced that mechanism information from a Zurich domicile had been handed to Swiss prosecutors.

Swiss authorities are questioning a 2010 FIFA opinion that awarded a 2018 World Cup to Russia and a 2022 competition to Qatar.

“FIFA now provided, as planned, information requested by a profession general,” pronounced a orator for a tellurian body.

The BBC claimed that papers were seized from a offices of Blatter, FIFA ubiquitous secretary Jerome Valcke and arch financial officer Markus Kattner. Swiss prosecutors refused to exhibit a temperament of a people involved.

FIFA has been thrown into disharmony by a Swiss exploration and a together review by a FBI into crime by football officials that led to 7 FIFA officials being arrested during a Zurich hotel final month.

Valcke pronounced Russia had won a right to horde a 2018 finals “honestly” and “one contingency be crazy to contend that all hosting rights were bought.” The pull for a Russian competition will be reason in St Petersburg on Jul 25.

Russian ‘diligence’

Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko pronounced preparations are going forward with “all diligence”.

“We took no notice of a politics, we usually pragmatically continue a preparations,” he said.

Bidding for a 2026 World Cup was meant to start this year before a final preference during a association in Kuala Lumpur in 2017. But Valcke pronounced a routine has been halted.

“It was motionless to place a executive routine on reason for a 2026 FIFA World Cup behest due to a stream situation,” a FIFA matter said.

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“Due to a situation, we consider it’s nonsense to start any behest routine for a time being,” Valcke told a news discussion in Samara, one of a Russian cities due to horde 2018 World Cup matches.

The United States, Canada, Mexico, Morocco and Kazakhstan have all been related to probable 2026 bids.

US authorities have charged 14 football officials and sports selling executives over some-more than $150 million of bribes. They embody a 7 — dual of them former FIFA clamp presidents — incarcerated in Zurich and now fighting extradition to a United States.

The crime debate injured Blatter’s May 29 reelection for a fifth tenure as FIFA president, and he announced usually 4 days after that he would resign.

An choosing for a new personality will not be reason before December, yet intensity successors are already jostling for position to run a world’s richest and many absolute sporting federation.

Hero enters

Zico, a favourite of Brazilian teams of a late 1970s and early 1980s and former sports minister, announced on Wednesday he would enter a race.

“I feel we am capable. For sure, certain manners need to change,” he told a press discussion in Rio de Janeiro.

“Much needs to change and most is going to happen.”

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, who stood opposite Blatter in final month’s election, has indicated he could also mount along with former FIFA clamp boss Chung Mong-Joon of South Korea.

But UEFA boss Michel Platini refused to plead his skeleton during a Paris press discussion imprinting one year from a start of a European Championships in France, usually observant it was a “good thing” a 2026 World Cup debate had been halted.

“There is no care during FIFA,” he commented.

Wolfgang Niersbach, a boss of a German Football Association and a Blatter critic, pronounced a choosing should be reason quickly.

“With all due honour for his life’s work, Sepp Blatter does himself, and football as a whole, no favours by sketch out his resignation,” Niersbach wrote in a minute to German clubs and informal associations.

“A new boss contingency be selected fast during an unusual association to paint a constrained new beginning.”

He also called for “comprehensive reform” of a universe body. “It contingency be a common idea to forestall unethical people being enriched during a responsibility of football and tighter money flows are needed.”

In a singular square of good news for FIFA, though, a ruling physique pronounced record numbers of viewers had tuned in for a Women’s World Cup now underway in Canada.