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Fifa corruption arrests spark concern among sponsors

Update : 28 May 2015, 03:16 AM

Key sponsors of Fifa have expressed "serious concern" after the US accused senior officials of football's governing body of racketeering, fraud and money laundering.

Coca-Cola said the World Cup had been "tarnished" by "lengthy controversy".

Seven top officials were arrested in Zurich on Wednesday, among a group of 14 people indicted.

The European body, Uefa, is to meet later to decide whether to boycott Friday's vote for the presidency.

Fifa on Wednesday announced a provisional ban from football-related activity on 11 of the people involved in the US prosecution.

But it said Friday's vote - in which Fifa president Sepp Blatter is seeking a fifth term - would go ahead.

Mr Blatter, who has not been named in the investigations, issued a statement on the US case, saying: "Such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game."

Swiss prosecutors have also opened a separate investigation into the bidding process for the World Cup tournaments in 2018 in Russia and 2022 in Qatar.

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