FIFA Corruption Probe Data Examined by U.K. Prosecutors

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The U.K’s Serious Fraud Office is examining material it’s gathered on allegations of corruption and bribery in international soccer.

The prosecutor, in an e-mailed statement Friday, didn’t specify what kind of evidence it had gathered or whether it will start its own investigation.

Swiss police arrested seven FIFA and regional soccer officials in Zurich on May 27 at the request of U.S. prosecutors who’ve indicted 14 people on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. The indictment handed down by the U.S. Department of Justice says money transfers were made to and from accounts and banks including Barclays Plc, HSBC Holdings Plc and Standard Chartered Plc, which are all based in London.

“The SFO continues actively to assess material in its possession and has made plain that it stands ready to assist ongoing international criminal investigations,” the SFO said.

Standard Chartered said in a statement that it is looking into the payments mentioned in the U.S. indictment.

Separately, one of the people arrested in the U.S. investigation is scheduled to appear in a Brooklyn court Friday. Aaron Davidson, a 44-year-old U.S. citizen accused of participating in several corruption schemes, was arrested Wednesday morning in Miami.

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