FIFA comms chief Walter De Gregorio to host press conference following arrests

FIFA director of comms and public affairs Walter De Gregorio is to spearhead the organisation's initial response to this morning's news that six FIFA officials have been arrested on corruption charges. He will host a press conference at 11am today.

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.

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.

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