FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who was not among those arrested this morning, will not be involved in the press conference. A FIFA spokeswoman told PRWeek that it has been arranged by the organisation without a specific crisis comms agency.
A press conference will be held at the home of FIFA at 11:00am CET this morning. It will be streamed live on http://t.co/sool5M7508. (1/2)— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) May 27, 2015
FIFA’s director of communications and public affairs Walter De Gregorio will be available to answer questions from the media. (2/2)— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) May 27, 2015
Six FIFA officials were arrested today in Zurich following a request by US authorities, on suspicion of accepting bribes and kick-backs between the early 1990s and the present day.
In a statement, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said the suspects are alleged to have been involved in schemes to make payments of more than $100m in return for media, marketing and sponsorship rights for soccer tournaments in Latin America. "According to the US request, these crimes were agreed and prepared in the US, and payments were carried out via US banks," the statement added.