Great news if arrested FIFA officials confirmed guilty: Nadal

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Paris, May 29: Spain's tennis champion Rafael Nadal here said it would be great news for football if the senior officials arrested amid a FIFA crisis were confirmed to be guilty. [Putin hits out at US over arrests, accuses it of meddling]

"I don't have 100 per cent information, and maybe nobody have the 100 per cent information today (Thursday) yet. So it's difficult to talk about," Xinhua quoted him as saying at a post-match press conference. [FIFA faces 'more bad news', says Sepp Blatter]

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He made the men's singles last 32 with a straight sets win over compatriot Nicolas Almagro at Roland Garros.

"But it's obvious that, I mean, in the world of sport, in the world of football, in the world of tennis, politics, around the world, we need people who are fair and who are ready to work in a good way, being honest."

"And if there is some people that are not being honest with the rest of the people, then they don't deserve to be where they are," he said.

"So if that's what happened on that case with some people of FIFA, is great news that these people will not be there again."

"It's important to have the right people at every place," he added.

FIFA were hit on Wednesday when nine high-profile FIFA officials and five corporate executives were arrested in Zurich and charged by the US for racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering.

The crisis came with just two days before the soccer's world governing body was to hold the presidential re-election.

IANS

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