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    The ongoing FIFA congress in Zurich, Switzerland, which includes the election of the association’s president, resumed work following a break earlier on Friday over bomb threat, FIFA Secretary General said.

    ZURICH (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Zurich police said on Twitter that a bomb threat at the venue for the FIFA congress was received by the telephone.

    A search operation had been conducted and revealed no threat of a bomb and the congress resumed its work, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said, according to German media outlets.

    FIFA presidential elections on Friday come following a corruption scandal involving several high-ranking soccer officials earlier this week.

    On Wednesday, the US Justice Department unsealed an indictment charging 14 defendants — among them nine senior FIFA officials — with racketeering, money laundering and taking about $150 million in bribes. Seven of the FIFA defendants were arrested in Switzerland on a US federal corruption warrant.

    Only two nominees are running for the position, four-time President Joseph Blatter and FIFA Vice President for Asia Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan.

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