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FIFA suspends 11 member, including 2 VPs


ZURICH (AP) -- The international soccer federation FIFA is suspending 11 people -- including two of its vice presidents -- from all soccer-related activities.

The move follows a U.S. criminal investigation into corruption in world soccer. The two vice presidents are among seven people who were arrested in Zurich early today after being indicted in the United States.

An arrest warrant has been issued in Trinidad and Tobago for former FIFA vice president Jack Warner at the request of U.S. authorities, the attorney general of the twin island Caribbean nation says.

The two countries have an extradition treaty. The statement said it would "ensure that Mr. Warner's rights are respected."

Warner, a former FIFA vice president indicted by U.S. authorities investigating corruption in soccer, says he is innocent.

Warner was among 14 defendants charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies in connection with a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves by corrupting soccer. Seven of the FIFA officials were arrested Wednesday in Zurich. Four other men pleaded guilty to the U.S. charges that were unsealed Wednesday -- and officials say those men included two sons of Warner's.




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