Fifa Corruption Scandal

More Fifa officials arrested in pre-dawn raids at same Zurich hotel

Police swoop on Baur au Lac again

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 December, 2015, 2:13pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 December, 2015, 2:17pm

Swiss authorities have conducted another series of pre-dawn raids and arrests as part of investigations into corruption in international soccer.

The New York Times, citing law enforcement officials, reported that at least some of the arrests took place at the same luxury hotel where Fifa officials were arrested in May in early morning raids that rocked the sport.

Fifa said they will continue to cooperate with US investigation and would have no further comment today.

“Fifa became aware of the actions taken today by the U.S. Department of Justice. Fifa will continue to cooperate fully with the U.S. investigation as permitted by Swiss law, as well as with the investigation being led by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General,” a statement said.

The report said Swiss police entered the hotel, the Baur au Lac, through a side door at 6 am. A hotel manager told visitors in the lobby they had to leave the property because of “an extreme situation.”

Authorities in Switzerland, where Fifa has its headquarters, and in the U.S. are investigating current and former senior soccer officials on charges that include racketeering, money laundering and fraud.