Top football officials including Vice President Jeffery Webb, were arrested in Zurich on Tuesday evening to face criminal corruption charges in the United States.
The United States Justice Department has indicted more than a dozen top FIFA executives on charges of corruption, according to multiple reports Tuesday night.
The charges, a result of an extensive investigation into soccer's multi-billion-dollar governing body, include wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering spanning the last two decades, according to the New York Times, which was the first to report the story. Law enforcement officials plan to announce the charges as early as Wednesday morning.
Swiss authorities have also begun criminal proceedings into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Nine current and former Fifa officials were named on the US Department of Justice's indictment.
Jeffrey Webb: current Fifa vice-president
Jack Warner: former Fifa vice-president
Eduardo Li: Costa Rican federation president
Julio Rocha: current Fifa development officer
Costas Takkas: current attaché to the Concacaf president.
Eugenio Figueredo: current Fifa vice-president
Rafael Esquivel: current Conmebol executive committee member
José Maria Marin: current member of the Fifa organising committee for the Olympic football tournaments
Nicolás Leoz: former Fifa executive committee member and Conmebol president.
A whistleblower who worked for the Qatar bid team alleged several African officials were paid $1.5 million each to support Qatar. That came after, in 2011, FIFA issued a lifetime ban to Mohamed bin Hammam, a Qatari member of its top governing body, citing ethics violations.