FIFA Corruption: Swiss Attorney General Collars Sepp Blatter On ‘Suspicion Of Criminal Mismanagement’

Chris Wright

25th, September 2015

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Breaking news from yonder Zurich way this afternoon is that the Swiss attorney general has reportedly opened criminal proceedings against Sepp Blatter.

According to a statement issued by the attorney general’s office, the FIFA president is currently being investigated “on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as – alternatively – on suspicion of misappropriation”.

Earlier on Friday afternoon, FIFA cancelled a press conference at its headquarters in Zurich at exceedingly short notice. Now we know why.

As per the aforementioned statement, the attorney general said the investigation is centred around a TV rights deal Mr Blatter agreed with Jack Warner in 2005 – though Blatter is also suspected of making “a disloyal payment” to UEFA Michel Platini in 2011.

Former FIFA bod Warner was arrested on suspicion of racketeering in June – a charge he chose to publicly dispute by citing a spoof article that appeared on The Onion.

Say what you like about FIFA, but they’re never anything less than entertaining.

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  1. SG says:

    Just like what the FBI did with Al Capone, find something, anything, that sticks. Doesn’t matter what, as long as it sticks.

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