The world's most popular sport was plunged into turmoil after US and Swiss authorities announced inquiries into FIFA's activities. Seven of the most powerful figures in the game face extradition to the United States on corruption charges after being arrested in Switzerland.

Wolfgang Niersbach, president of the German football federation (DFB), told reporters: "It is shocking and damaging for the (whole of) football what is going on in Zurich. It would be shocking if these serious allegations against FIFA members are correct."

Niersbach is set to become a representative of UEFA on the FIFA Executive Committee on Friday. His compatriot Reinhard Rauball, president of the German football league (DFL), said in a statement that Friday's election, which had been expected to hand reigning president Sepp Blatter his fifth term in office, should be delayed.

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