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THE LATEST: Blatter cancels speaking engagement in Zurich

In this Thursday, June 2, 2011 file photo, suspended FIFA executive Jack Warner gestures during a news conference held shortly after his arrival at the airport in Port-of-Spain, in his native Trinidad and Tobago. Warner was one of the 14 people indicted Wednesday May 27, 2015 in the U.S. on corruption charges.  (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur, File)

ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments:

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Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn it could jump ship

In this Wednesday, May 23, 2012 file photo the newly elected president of CONCACAF Jeffrey Webb talks to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, as they arrive at the meeting of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), prior to the two-day congress of FIFA in Budapest, Hungary. Webb is among the soccer officials that were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich.  (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP, File)

LONDON (AP) — Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer’s global governing body clean up its act, with Visa even warning it is prepared to jump ship.

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2022 World Cup host Qatar stays silent on FIFA probes

In this Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, file photo, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, right, shakes hands with Sheik Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, chairman of Qatar 2022 bid committee, at a press conference in Doha, Qatar. Qatar is keeping quiet about the American and Swiss raids that have rocked football’s world governing body FIFA and thrown a new unwelcome spotlight on the tiny Gulf nation’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar is keeping quiet about the American and Swiss raids that have rocked FIFA and thrown another unwelcome spotlight on the tiny Gulf nation’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

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US, Swiss timed FIFA raids for maximum effect

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)

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — For months, American and Swiss investigators worked in secret to prepare for the raids that would shake the soccer world.

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Soccer world shocked by FIFA raids

The June 1, 2011 file photo shows Swiss  FIFA President Joseph (Sepp) Blatter during a press conference after the 61st FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland.  Blatter is seeking reelection at the FIFA congress in Zurich. Blatter is not among the six soccer officials who were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel. The officials are in Switzerland for the FIFA congress and presidential election.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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