- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Russia’s foreign ministry has heavily criticized the United States over the arrest in Switzerland of officials from soccer’s ruling body FIFA.

U.S. corruption charges were unveiled Wednesday against 14 people, with seven of them being arrested Wednesday morning in Zurich ahead of a FIFA meeting.

Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA’s awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

In a statement, Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich says the arrests were “evidently another case of illegal extra-territorial implementation of American law.”

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