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Swiss police arrest 6 soccer officials at request of US authorities ahead of FIFA Congress

  • FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2007 file photo, a person stands next to the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarter in Zurich, Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said six soccer officials have been arrested and detained pending extradition at  the request of U.S. authorities ahead of the FIFA congress in Zurich. In a statement Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the FOJ said U.S. authorities suspect the officials of having received paid bribes totaling millions of dollars.  (Steffen Schmidt/Keystone via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2007 file photo, a person stands next to the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarter in Zurich, Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said six soccer officials have been arrested and detained pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities ahead of the FIFA congress in Zurich. In a statement Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the FOJ said U.S. authorities suspect the officials of having received paid bribes totaling millions of dollars. (Steffen Schmidt/Keystone via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • A police vehicle is parked outside of the five-star hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday morning, May 27, 2015. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said six soccer officials have been arrested and detained pending extradition at  the request of U.S. authorities ahead of the FIFA congress in Zurich. In a statement Wednesday the FOJ said U.S. authorities suspect the officials of having received paid bribes totaling millions of dollars.   (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

    A police vehicle is parked outside of the five-star hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday morning, May 27, 2015. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said six soccer officials have been arrested and detained pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities ahead of the FIFA congress in Zurich. In a statement Wednesday the FOJ said U.S. authorities suspect the officials of having received paid bribes totaling millions of dollars. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man on a scooter rides past the five-star hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday morning, May 27, 2015. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said six soccer officials have been arrested and detained pending extradition at  the request of U.S. authorities ahead of the FIFA congress in Zurich. In a statement Wednesday the FOJ said U.S. authorities suspect the officials of having received paid bribes totaling millions of dollars.   (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

    A man on a scooter rides past the five-star hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday morning, May 27, 2015. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said six soccer officials have been arrested and detained pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities ahead of the FIFA congress in Zurich. In a statement Wednesday the FOJ said U.S. authorities suspect the officials of having received paid bribes totaling millions of dollars. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice says six soccer officials have been arrested and detained pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities ahead of the FIFA congress in Zurich.

In a statement Wednesday, the FOJ says U.S. authorities suspect the officials of having received of paid bribes totaling millions of dollars.

It says the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York is investigating these individuals on suspicion of the acceptance of bribes and kick-backs between the early 1990s and now.

FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is holding a presidential election in Zurich on Friday, when Sepp Blatter has been widely tipped to stay in the job.