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.”