Wednesday 26 April 2017

Swiss police investigate bomb threat at FIFA congress

FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers an opening speech at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers an opening speech at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Swiss police said they were investigating an anonymous bomb threat at the FIFA congress in Zurich that led authorities to search the premises.

The threat was made by telephone to a Zurich-based newsroom on Friday morning, Zurich city police said, adding that no one had been evacuated from the congress.

Two female protesters are being escorted out of the congress hall (Patrick B. Kraemer/Keystone via AP)
Two female protesters are being escorted out of the congress hall (Patrick B. Kraemer/Keystone via AP)
Two female protesters are being escorted out of the congress hall (Patrick B. Kraemer/Keystone via AP)

However, participants in the world soccer congress, which paused for lunch 45 minutes earlier than expected, were initially denied re-entry into the auditorium while officers conducted a search, a Reuters witness said.

"A search was carried out. The premises have been cleared by the authorities," FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke told the congress after it resumed.

Congress participants and media representatives were let back into the auditorium following the search, with no additional security precautions.

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