Extradition approved

ZURICH: Switzerland’s Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) has approved a US extradition request for soccer official Costas Takkas, one of seven individuals arrested in Zurich in May as part of a US clampdown on alleged corruption in soccer. The seven are half of the 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives indicted by the United States on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges involving more than $150 million in payments. Takkas, a British citizen, has 30 days in which to appeal the extradition ruling, the FOJ said in a statement.