GENEVA – The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer’s world governing body.
Switzerland’s Federal Office of Justice said Thursday that the requests were received from the U.S. embassy in Bern. The requests submitted late Wednesday met a 40-day deadline since the seven were detained early May 27 in raids on a luxury hotel in FIFA’s home city.
All seven men detained in Zurich, including three current and former members of FIFA’s executive committee, have already objected to extradition. They face around 20 years in prison.
The widening American investigation already alleges bribery and racketeering worth more than $150 million involving high-ranking FIFA officials over a 24-year span.
The U.S. Department of Justice published an indictment of 14 soccer and marketing officials in May which alleged bribery linked to awarding…
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