Criminal investigation into 2018 and 2022 World Cup awards opened

Swiss federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, throwing FIFA deeper into crisis only hours after seven officials were arrested and 14 indicted Wednesday in a separate U.S. corruption probe.

FIFA, meanwhile, said Friday’s presidential election would go ahead as plannedwith Sepp Blatter going for a fifth term.

Blatter was not named in either investigation. FIFA also ruled out a revote of the World Cups won by Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

The Swiss prosecutors’ office said in a statement it seized “electronic data and documents” at FIFA’s headquarters on Wednesday as part of its probe. Swiss police said they will question 10 FIFA Executive Committee members who took part in the World Cup votes in December 2010.

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