Zurich: A bomb threat has been received at the FIFA congress in Zurich, Swiss police have confirmed the news.
“I can confirm there has been a bomb threat against the FIFA congress, officers have been dispatched,” a spokeswoman for the city police said.
Authorities were alerted around 11 a.m. local time, police spokesman Marco Cortesi confirmed. FIFA also acknowledged receipt of the threat to news website handelszeitung.ch.
Local journalists reported that they were forced to leave their places at the venue.
It remains unknown whether the congress will resume.
The FIFA presidential election is set to take place on Friday, with many calling for current president Sepp Blatter to step down following the corruption investigation into several of the organization’s officials. However, Blatter is expected to be re-elected for a fifth five-year term.
Protests have been taking place outside the meeting venue on Friday, with pro-Palestinian demonstrators calling for Israel’s suspension from FIFA.
The vote on Israel’s status was set to be held on Friday at the request of Palestinians, who complain about restrictions on training and competition.