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FIFA head holds emergency meeting amid crisis

(Xinhua)    08:40, May 29, 2015

GENEVA, May 28 -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter hosted an emergency meeting on Thursday to manage the crisis that hit the football federation Wednesday when seven high-profile FIFA officials were arrested by Swiss police in Zurich on the request of U.S. authorities.

"There was a meeting today with the president with the representatives from the confederations to discuss the current situation," said FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer in a statement.

Among those detained on Wednesday and pending extradition to the United States is Eduardo Li, member-elect of the FIFA executive committee and president of Costa Rica's soccer federation, along with other top members of the South American Football Association (CONMEBOL) and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

A further seven have also been charged by U.S. authorities with allegations of corruption including fraud, bribery and money laundering.

According to news reports, the European football association (UEFA) will not boycott FIFA's 65th congress which will hold the federation's presidential elections on Friday, despite UEFA head Michel Platini asking Blatter to step-down.

UEFA, together with other national football associations have publicly endorsed the 79-year-old Swiss' only opposition candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan in the May 29 vote.

Both the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have voiced their continued support for Blatter and have called for the vote to go on as planned, according to reports.

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