By Jonathan Davies
Swiss police have arrested six FIFA officials over corruption charges at a hotel in Zurich.
The six are alleged to be involved in bribes worth $100m (£65m; €92m) over two decades, and are part of 14 people indicted by the US Department of Justice.
The US Attorney General said the indictment "alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted". She also said: "Let me be clear: this indictment is not the final chapter in our investigation.”
The DoJ said FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, president of the Costa Rican football federation Eduardo Li, FIFA development officer Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas from the Cayman Islands football association, Uruguayan Association executive Eugenio Figueredo, president of the Venezuelan Football Federation Rafael Esquivel and former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation José Maria Marin were those arrested in Zurich this morning, at its request.
Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, predecessor to Jeffrey Webb, has also been charged racketeering and bribery offenses.
Of the 14 individuals listed in the indictment, nine are FIFA officials and five are corporate executives. The DoJ said they "include US and South American sports marketing executives who are alleged to have systematically paid and agreed to pay well over $150 million in bribes and kickbacks to obtain lucrative media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments".
The 47-count indictment includes racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offences, spanning a 24-year period since the early 1990s. The DoJ said the accused sought to"enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer".
FIFA officials are gathering in Zurich ahead of Friday's annual meeting, where Sepp Blatter is seeking re-election for a fifth term as president.
2018 and 20122 World Cups
The Swiss federal office also confirmed that a separate criminal investigation has been opened into proceedings connecting to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Despite the criminal investigation, FIFA spokesperson Walter de Gregorio said that both the 2018 World Cup in Russia and 2022 World Cup in Qatar will go ahead.
Football's world governing body, and several key figures, have faced several allegations of corruption and bribery in recent years.
FIFA commissioned an investigation into the accusations, but the reports own author, US lawyer Michael Garcia, said that FIFA's summary of his two year inquiry was "erroneous". FIFA initially refused to publish the report but says it will be made public once all investigations are completed.