Recent investigations have started pointing accusing fingers at Sepp Blatter for mismanagement and misappropriation in FIFA.
Sepp Blatter, president of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) may go to jail if ongoing investigations indict him for mismanagement and misappropriation.
News have it that Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter, the head of world soccer body FIFA. He is being investigated on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation, the Swiss attorney general’s office said on Friday.
It said Blatter was interrogated after a meeting of FIFA’s executive committee in Zurich, and authorities carried out a search at FIFA headquarters on Friday. “The office of the FIFA President has been searched and data seized,” the office of the attorney general (OAG) said in a statement.
U.S. and Swiss authorities announced in May they were investigating corruption at the highest levels of the world’s most popular sport, including in the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 world cups to Russia and Qatar. Fourteen soccer officials and sports marketing executives were indicted at that time, but until Friday authorities had not pointed the finger at Blatter, the 79-year-old Swiss who has run FIFA since 1998.
Swiss investigators have been putting together their case against Sepp Blatter for some time, a law enforcement official said. The official said Blatter was not in custody and was free to travel, though he has largely avoided leaving Switzerland since May. The OAG statement said that Blatter was suspected of a “disloyal payment” of two million Swiss francs (2.05 million dollars) to Platini at the expense of FIFA, allegedly made for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002.