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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)

ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments:

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Swiss police detain soccer officials ahead of FIFA congress

In this picture taken from a cell phone video, hotel employees hold a blanket to hide the identity of a person led out of a side entrance of the Baur au Lac hotel to a waiting car in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Several soccer officials were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid in the luxury hotel. The case involves bribes "totaling more than US$ 100 million" linked to commercial deals dating back to the 1990s for soccer tournaments in the United States and Latin America, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said in a statement. (AP Photo/Rob Harris)

ZURICH (AP) — Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA on Wednesday, only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested and threatened with extradition to the U.S. in an investigation of what was called “rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted” corruption.

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Criminal probe arrives at door of the great survivor Blatter

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)

ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter is arguably the most powerful man in world sports and certainly its greatest survivor.

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FIFA now subject to federal probes in US, Switzerland

Walter De Gregorio, FIFA Director of Communications and Public Affairs, addresses the media during a press conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Swiss federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, throwing FIFA deeper into crisis only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested and 14 indicted Wednesday in a separate U.S. corruption probe. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA’s reputation for corruption has reignited spectacularly two days before a presidential election expected to give Sepp Blatter four more years at the head of world soccer.

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FIFA VP Webb says don’t risk World Cup for political reasons

In this Monday June 8, 1998 file photo, Switzerland's Sepp Blatter next to a replica of the World Cup trophy, waves after being elected FIFA president, the world's soccer governing body, in Paris. FIFA has been routinely called “scandal-plagued” for much of Sepp Blatter’s 17-year presidential reign. Blatter has never been implicated in personal corruption, though FIFA has often seemed relaxed about wrongdoing linked to senior officials. Blatter is bidding for a fifth term on May 29, 2015.  (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

ZURICH (AP) — The future of the $5 billion World Cup has become a key battleground in the pursuit of votes in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

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