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FIFA opens internal corruption investigation amid ongoing scandals

The FIFA logo is pictured at the FIFA headquarters on June 2, 2015 in Zurich. Blatter on June 2, 2015 resigned as president of FIFA as a mounting corruption scandal engulfed world football's governing body. The 79-year-old Swiss official, FIFA president for 17 years and only reelected on May 29, said a special congress would be called as soon as possible to elect a successor. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZER (Photo credit should read MICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images)

The FIFA logo is pictured at the FIFA headquarters on June 2, 2015 in Zurich. Blatter on June 2, 2015 resigned as president of FIFA as a mounting corruption scandal engulfed world football's governing body. The 79-year-old Swiss official, FIFA president for 17 years and only reelected on May 29, said a special congress would be called as soon as possible to elect a successor. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZER (Photo credit should read MICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images)

ZURICH --

FIFA says it has opened an internal investigation into corruption allegations that have blighted soccer's governing body.

The investigation, which is being conducted by external lawyers, comes as American and Swiss authorities pursue separate probes into alleged wrongdoing in world soccer.

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In the U.S., 14 people were indicted in May, including now-ousted FIFA vice presidents Eugenio Figueredo and Jeffrey Webb.

FIFA confirmed it has launched the internal investigation and said it is ''dedicated to improving the organization, and will continue to strengthen FIFA's governance and accountability.''

FIFA added that it is ''focused on achieving the highest standards for the international football community.''

The Zurich-based body offered no details about how people can report suspected wrongdoing to its investigators.