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Prince Ali saddened by FIFA arrests

Following the arrest of FIFA officials in Zurich on allegations of corruption, presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein lamented a “sad day for football”.

Six football officials were arrested on Wednesday, following a request by United States authorities, on suspicion of accepting bribes and kick-backs that could total in excess of $100million.

Switzerland’s Federal Office of Justice explained in a statement that those arrested were “delegates of FIFA and other functionaries of FIFA sub-organisations”, with extradition to the US a possibility.

Ahead of Friday’s presidential election, Prince Ali – the only challenger to incumbent Sepp Blatter – spoke out about the potential impact on the sport.

“Today is a sad day for football,” he explained in a statement.

“Clearly this is a developing story, the details of which are still emerging.

“It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”

Wed 27 May, 2015
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