FIFA embroiled in corruption allegations: News round-up

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Sometimes I wonder to myself where football would be without all of its dramatic stories, but after reading this morning's bizarre, yet bewildering headline, I was shocked to see that several FIFA members have been arrested for fraud.

Swiss Police raided the FIFA headquarters in Switzerland this morning, seizing documents that can be related to the Russia and Qatar World Cups in 2018 and 2022.

Former FIFA vice-president, Jack Warner, and his successor, Jeffrey Webb, are two of six individuals that have been detained under the suspicion of fraud. After the news broke, Gary Lineker tweeted: "There can't be a more corrupt, deplorable organisation than FIFA. The house of cards is falling. Time for a change!"

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The election for president has been given the go ahead for Friday despite all of the chaos where Sepp Blatter will go head-to-head with Prince Ali bin al-Hussein for the lead role.

Chelsea urged to win Benteke race

Jose Mourinho has been urged to beat rivals, Manchester United and Liverpool, to the signing of free-scoring forward, Christian Benteke. The Belgian could potentially play his final game for Aston Villa in Saturday's highly anticipated FA Cup Final against Arsenal, amidst claims that Tim Sherwood could be forced to accept £20 million for his departure.

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Whatever Benteke does, he should stay put. Moving to one of the big clubs will destroy his career, just like Wilfried Bony has done by switching to Manchester City.

Yes, he may be receiving more money on a weekly basis, but he isn't going to be playing much football. His job will be to keep the bench warm.

Carragher: Gerrard will win trophies

After playing his final game in a Liverpool shirt, Jamie Carragher has admitted adamantly that Steven Gerrard will win trophies over in the MLS, despite having no knowledge on the American top flight.

His new club, LA Galaxy, are severely struggling after Landon Donovan's retirement and currently sit seventh in the Western Conference, a table in which they normally top.

Regardless of how classy Steven Gerrard is, Major League Soccer is a growing division in terms of talent with individuals such as Kaka, David Villa and Gerrard's former England team mate, Frank Lampard in the ranks.

I think the Liverpool legend is in for a serious rude awakening when he gets up and running in the States. So, Jamie Carragher, choose your words carefully. Steven Gerrard could win MLS trophies.

Danny Welbeck has devastatingly been ruled out of Saturday's FA Cup final against Aston Villa, but fear not Gunners fans, because your other comrades are guaranteed to bring you back-to-back cup wins.

Arsenal linked with Benzema swoop

Alexis Sanchez has had a storming debut season in England whilst Olivier Giroud is, on paper, (and quite unbelievably) one of the best Premier League strikers through his goals-per-minute ratio.

With such a deadly strike force, surely there's nothing to worry about? I think it's just about time that Karim Benzema comes home to where he belongs. To where he should have started off. To where he should be now.

Real Madrid forward, Karim Benzema, has been annually linked with a move to the top flight in England but a deal has never gone through.

Arsene Wenger is keeping his transfer list very close to his chest and isn't revealing any details until after the cup final. But I think that France's leading scorer could finally make the switch to the Premier League, where I believe he will be very successful.

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