Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter, the head of football’s world governing body Fifa. The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland confirmed it was examining a contract signed by Blatter with the Carribean Football Union and an alleged “disloyal payment” of $2 million to UEFA president. Mr. Blatter was being questioned and his office was being searched.
Here is the statement released by the OAG of Switzerland
“The OAG suspects that on 12 September 2005 Mr. Joseph Blatter has signed a contract with the Caribbean Football Union (with Jack Warner as the President at this time); this contract was unfavorable for FIFA,” said the statement.
“On the other hand, there is as suspicion that, in the implementation of this agreement, Joseph Blatter also violated his fiduciary duties and acted against the interest of FIFA and/or FIFA Marketing & TV AG.
“Additionally, Mr. Joseph Blatter is suspected of a disloyal payment of two million Swiss Francs to Michel Platini, President of Union of European Football Association (UEFA), at the expense of FIFA, which was allegedly made for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002 ; this payment was executed in February 2011,”
Fifa has said it was co-operating with the investigation.
FIFA statement in response: say are co-operating with investigation pic.twitter.com/C6FG4F1OM3
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) September 25, 2015
In May, seven Fifa officials were arrested in Zurich on corruption charges. Mr Blatter, 79, has run Fifa since 1998 and has always denied any wrongdoing. On May 29th he won a fifth consecutive FIFA presidential election but announced that he would step down on June 2nd due to corroption claims. He is due to leave his role on February 26th.