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FIFA said it was aware of the arrests but did not give details.
Jockeying is fierce among international soccer executives in the battle to replace outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter
Blatter was looking forward to presenting evidence that will prove he did not engage in any misconduct, his lawyer said
"I know many people hold me ultimately responsible ... (but) I cannot monitor everyone all the time," says FIFA President Sepp...
He is alleged of being involved in a plan to re-sell 2014 World Cup tickets for a lucrative profit.