Red card! Swiss justice office freezes implicated FIFA officials’ bank accounts
“Further to three US requests for legal assistance, the FOJ has also ordered the blocking of accounts at several banks in Switzerland through which bribes are claimed to have flowed as well as the seizure of related bank documents,” according to FOJ press release.
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Earlier on Wednesday, Swiss police arrested senior football officials at a Zurich hotel. The officials are reportedly accused of making World Cup bid bribes, arranging broadcaster and marketing deals, as well as wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.
The FOJ said that six football officials have received millions of dollars over the years for crimes set up and organized from the US, with American banks involved in the payments.
Electronic and other information, along with documents, were seized from FIFA’s headquarters. The detainees are being questioned by the police on behalf of the FOJ.