FIFA arrests are U.S. attempt to extend its jurisdiction to other states, says Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin sees the Wednesday arrests of a number of high-ranking officials of FIFA, association football's international governing body, as strange, considering that they were made under U.S. warrants, which, in his view, suggests that this is an obvious attempt on the U.S. part to extend its jurisdiction to other states.

Vladimir Putin: "This is yet another obvious attempt to extend its jurisdiction to other states." Source: Alexey Druzhinin/TASS

Russian President Vladimir Putin sees the May 28 arrests of a number of high-ranking officials of FIFA, association football's international governing body, as strange, considering that they were made under U.S. warrants, which, in his view, suggests that this is an obvious attempt on the U.S. part to extend its jurisdiction to other states.

"As concerns the arrests made, this looks at least very strange. After all, the arrests were made under the U.S. warrants on corruption charges. Against whom? Against international officials," Putin told journalists.

"It can be presumed that some of them did violate something, I don't know, but the U.S. certainly doesn't have anything to do with that," Putin said.

"These officials are not U.S. citizens. And if something has happened, it happened not on United States territory, and the U.S. has no relation to this," he said.

"This is yet another obvious attempt to extend its jurisdiction to other states," he said.

Putin pointed out that a U.S. prosecutor said reportedly that "these FIFA executive committee members committed a crime, as if this prosecutor doesn't know that there is presumption of innocence."

"Whether a person is guilty or not must be proven in court. And it's only then that one can say this, even admitting that the U.S. has any rights to have these people extradited, and these actions were committed on the territory of a third country," Putin said.

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