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Swiss: FIFA Official Agrees to Extradition to US

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File - Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer.

File - Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer.

One of seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of an American corruption probe has agreed to be extradited to the United States.

The official, who initially had contested his extradition, agreed to be extradited on Thursday. Swiss officials said they would not give details of when he would be handed over.

Under Swiss law, he must be collected by a U.S. police escort and taken to the United States within 10 days.

The official is one of seven — all from South America or the CONCACAF zone of North and Central America and the Caribbean — arrested in a dawn raid on a Zurich hotel on May 27. The men are accused by U.S. authorities of involvement in more than $150 million of bribes given for marketing deals for football tournaments in North and South America.

On Thursday, FIFA expelled former executive committee member Chuck Blazer, who admitted to accepting massive bribes and became an informant in a U.S. government investigation that has shaken the world football body.

FIFA's ethics committee said Blazer "committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly" while serving in senior positions at FIFA and CONCACAF.

The 70-year-old, well known for his opulent lifestyle and larger-than-life personality, is now wheelchair-bound and seriously ill from cancer in a New York hospital. He was an ally of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who has agreed to step down in the wake of the scandal.

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