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Jeffrey Webb, Jack Warner among indicted FIFA executives, says New York Times

Sepp Blatter is not indicted, but 14 individuals have been indicted including multiple former presidents of CONCACAF and CONMEBOL.

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UPDATE - 9:30 AM:

Seven FIFA officials were arrested in Switzerland early Wednesday. This includes Jeffrey Webb and Eduardo Li of Costa Rica. The Guardian has detailed each official who was indicted and how they are connected.

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice is now opening a separate criminal investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. Swiss investigators seized data and documents from FIFA's offices this morning, "information that will serve criminal investigations both in Switzerland and abroad."

Friday's FIFA President election, which Blatter was widely expected to win, will still be held. FA Chairman Greg Dyke, who is vocal in his support of Prince Ali, is suggesting that the election be delayed.

Of the 14 names listed in the indictment, five officials are from CONCACAF and four are from CONMEBOL, including two former CONMEBOL presidents. The marketing executives named mostly operate in South America, but Aaron Davidson is the President of Traffic Sports (owns two NASL teams) and Chairman of the NASL.

As expected the officials are attempting to block their extradition, with only one of seven willing to go easily.

The US investigation is ongoing and reaches beyond the executives already detained. In a press conference this morning, officials laid out some details of their 161-page indictment, which alleges illegal activity dating back to the early 1990s and refers to a further 25 unnamed and unindicted co-conspirators.

Named FIFA Officials (Past and Present) -

Jeffrey Webb- ExCO VP, President of CONCACAF
Eugenio Figueredo- ExCO VP, President of CONMEBOL (2013-2015)
Jack Warner- Former ExCO VP and President of CONCACAF
Eduardo Li- Costa Rican Federation President, was being named to ExCO next week.
Julio Rocha Lopez- Nicaragua Federation President and FIFA Development Officer
Costas Takkas- Was at least in 2000, the General Secretary of the Cayman Islands FA
Rafael Esquivel- President of the Venezuelan Federation 
José Maria Marin- Former President of Brazil FA (2012-2015)
Nicolás Leoz- Former President of CONMEBOL (1986-2013)

Named non-FIFA Officials -

Alejandro Burzaco- CEO of Torneos y Competencias an Argentine Sports Media firm, mainly TV and radio.
Aaron Davidson- President of Traffic Sports and Chairman of NASL (Thanks TheTrialist)
Hugo Jinkis- Appears to be the owner of Full Play, South American TV station (might be multi country or just Uruguay) that held rights to National Team games and WC.
Mariano Jinkis- CEO and was a VP same company as above
José Margulies- Distributed the cash


With a FIFA Presidential Election just days away, Swiss authorities arrested 10 current and former FIFA executives (CNN claims the total could rise to 14). Longtime President Sepp Blatter is not among those indicted, but CONCACAF leaders such as Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb are reportedly among those indicted by new United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

ZURICH — Swiss authorities began an extraordinary early-morning operation here Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges.

Earlier today, rival presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein's supporters said that they turned in a bribery offer that could deliver 47 votes. The Jordanian Prince did not turn them into FIFA, but instead brought the illicit activity in front of a nation where charges could be made.

"Because the claims made by the individual strongly suggested criminal acts, Quest referred the matter to the proper law-enforcement authorities. We did not engage the Fifa ethics committee because the individuals concerned were third parties who were not part of Fifa, nor were they national association representatives."

The Wall Street Journal now has a similar story to The New York Times. Both reference charges that include wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

According to UEFA head Michel Platini, Sepp Blatter is afraid of life when his leadership of FIFA is over.

"He is simply scared of the future because he has given his life to the institution to the point where he now identifies himself fully with Fifa," Platini told L'Equipe. "I understand the fear of that emptiness he must have - it's natural - but if he really loves Fifa, he should have put its interests ahead of his own.''

U.S. Attorney General Lorretta Lynch was sworn into office on April 27th of this year. Per The New York Times, she was head of the investigation when US Attorney for Eastern New York.

These pending indictments could mean nothing for Sepp Blatter. He could be so insulated that he wins the election and the United States is ejected from FIFA competitions due to government interference. It could also swing 180 degrees. Prince Ali could beat Blatter, Qatar could lose the World Cup and the United State could host.

The next 48 hours should define what FIFA is for the next few decades.

This is your Sounder at Heart open thread for this rapidly developing story.

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