FIFA Scandal: Swiss Extradite First Official to U.S.

Six others will fight extradition requests on corruption charges.

The first of seven FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland in a late May raid has been extradited to the U.S., the BBC has reported citing Swiss authorities.

The man wasn't identified, but it is believed to be Jeffrey Webb, who had waived his right to fight the extradition request.‎ The FIFA officials face corruption charges following the FBI investigation into soccer's international governing body.

The first extradited official was on Wednesday taken to New York accompanied on the flight by a three-man police escort, the BBC cited the Swiss Justice Department as saying.

The other officials will fight the U.S. extradition requests, with a decision by a Swiss court expected in August. Local police in Zurich will give the FIFA officials a hearing on the extradition requests and offer them and their lawyers 14 days to respond, according to reports.

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