THE ball used for the World Cup has been confiscated.
Police investigating corruption charges swooped on FIFA officials in a Zurich hotel, arresting them and taking their ball to lock away in a cupboard.
A Swiss police spokesman said: “They can have it back when it’s all cleared up.
“We’re not stealing it or anything. Frankly we’re not even into football.”
A FIFA spokesman said: “Without a ball, international football cannot continue. It seems like they’re punishing everyone which is hardly fair.
“They should have let us keep the ball while all this is sorted out.
“If we find out they’ve been using it at lunchtimes there will be consequences.”
Football fan Stephen Malley said: “It’ll be impossible for FIFA to borrow a replacement ball because once you’ve had one confiscated, whether through punting it into an old lady’s garden or because of a massive international corruption scandal, nobody trusts you.
“I’m not lending them mine, it’s a good one I bought out of a catalogue.”