FIFA shows red card to hotel where police arrested officials

A general view shows the hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich, Switzerland. (Reuters)

The doormen at Zurich’s Baur au Lac hotel can put away their white sheets. There will be no FIFA executives to shield while being dragged out of the hotel into police cars again.

FIFA is no longer hosting its executives at the waterside super-luxurious, lake-side hotel that became synonymous with the sport’s corruption scandal last year when Swiss police launched dawn raids on previously untouchable leaders.

By moving its ruling-council members from the 172-year-old Baur au Lac to the more modest five-star Park Hyatt in Zurich, FIFA will be saving money during next week’s meetings.

FIFA provided no details of the rooms where council members will be staying, but the cheapest double room for Oct. 13 at the Baur au Lac is 870 Swiss francs ($900) which can be booked at the Hyatt for 527 Swiss francs.

The decision to switch hotels was made by new FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura.

“We’re on business so a good solid business hotel I think is more appropriate,” FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani, who is also head of the CONCACAF confederation, told The Associated Press. “It’s not just only cost-cutting. As we have done at CONCACAF, it’s about sending a message we are here to work and I think those are some changes that have to happen.”

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