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Swiss police investigate bomb threat at FIFA congress

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers an opening speech at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 29, 2015. Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter called on members of world soccer's governing body to stick together to stamp out corruption in the wake of the latest scandal to hit the game.             REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers an opening speech at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 29, 2015. Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter called on members of world soccer's governing body to stick together to stamp out corruption in the wake of the latest scandal to hit the game. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers an opening speech at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 29, 2015. Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter called on members of world soccer's governing body to stick together to stamp out corruption in the wake of the latest scandal to hit the game. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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.

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Two female protesters are being escorted out of the congress hall by security during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015, where the FIFA president will be elected. (Patrick B. Kraemer/Keystone via AP)

Two female protesters are being escorted out of the congress hall by security during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015, where the FIFA president will be elected. (Patrick B. Kraemer/Keystone via AP)

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Two female protesters are being escorted out of the congress hall by security during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015, where the FIFA president will be elected. (Patrick B. Kraemer/Keystone via AP)

Two female protesters are being escorted out of the congress hall by security during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015, where the FIFA president will be elected. (Patrick B. Kraemer/Keystone via AP)

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Two female protesters are being escorted out of the congress hall by security during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015, where the FIFA president will be elected. (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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