Top US federal investigators are ‘fairly confident’ there will be more indictments against more FIFA officials.
Leader of the US Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Unit, Richard Weber, refused to identify any remaining targets in the high-profile corruption probe or say whether returning president Sepp Blatter was among them.
But he did say, “I’m fairly confidnt that we will have another round of indictments.
“I strongly believe there are other people and entities involved in criminal acts.”
It is now two weeks since 14 people were charged with bribery, corruption and an elaborate scheme of kickbacks involving the global governing body for football.
Weber waved away the idea that the US government was angling to topple FIFA’s leadership. He said the probe involving the FBI and US Justice Department sought only to root out corruption that was part of global football.
“I don’t think there was ever a decision or a declaration that we would go after soccer.
“We ar going after corruption.
“One thing led to another, led to another … and another.”
The authorities told the Times newspaper that the timing of the release of the indictments had nothing to do with the FIFA presidential elections, and was not a bid to damage anyone’s reputation or election chances.
They did, however, say they thought it better to wait for a gathering of FIFA officials in Switzerland to make the arrests.