Two more Fifa officials have been arrested in a dawn raid at a hotel in Zurich, where Fifa's executive committee was meeting to vote on reforms to football's governing body. Police entered the hotel Baur au Lac hotel at 6am before two people were taken to waiting black vans.
In May, police arrested seven Fifa officials in similar raids, some of which also took place at the Baur au Lac. Swiss authorities have confirmed that two arrests were made over allegations of taking money for selling market rights for football tournaments in Latin America – including World Cup qualifying matches.
"They are being held in custody pending their extradition. According to the US arrest requests, they are suspected of accepting bribes of millions of dollars," said the Swiss Federal Office of Justice. "The high-ranking Fifa officials are alleged to have taken the money in return for selling marketing rights in connection with football tournaments in Latin America, as well as World Cup qualifying matches." Fifa issued a short statement saying that it understood the arrests had occurred, would cooperate fully with the investigation and had no further comment to make.
A number of news agencies are reporting that the two men arrested are Fifa vice-presidents Alfredo Hawit of Honduras and Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay. Hawit was made interim president of Concacaf, the confederation of countries from North and Central America and the Caribbean, after president Jeffrey Webb was arrested in May. Napout is the president of Conmebol, the South American confederation.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini were not among those arrested. Both are currently suspended from Fifa while being investigated by the ethics committee.