The FIFA congress resumed on Friday after the all-clear was given following a bomb alert at the venue where world football’s governing body will vote on whether to retain Sepp Blatter as president.

Zurich police spokeswoman Brigitte Vogt confirmed to AFP that a bomb alert had been received at Zurich’s Hallen Stadium.

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The bomb alert had been called in to a media outlet Friday morning against the FIFA event, Zurich police said in a statement.

Police and FIFA security searched the congress room, but the all-clear was soon given, confirmed FIFA’s general secretary Jerome Valcke.

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“An anonymous threat was received against FIFA and after an evaluation, the premises were searched and the all-clear has been given,” said Valcke.

The bomb alert reportedly landed around 11:00 am (0900 GMT).

FIFA was rocked on Wednesday by the arrest of seven officials in a dawn raid on their Zurich hotel. They now face extradition to the United States where they are accused of accepting tens of millions of dollars.

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All 209 association members of football’s governing-body will vote later on whether Blatter will serve a fifth term as FIFA president.


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