Who Is Sepp Blatter? FIFA Chief Now Under Investigation
The Swiss attorney general has opened the probe on “suspicion of criminal mismanagement and – alternatively – misappropriation,” said in a statement release by the Swiss attorney general.
The investigation is about a contract with Jack Warner, the former Caribbean football chief, which Blatter approved. According to the investigating body, the contract was “unfavourable against FIFA” and in return, Mr Blatter violated his fiduciary duties and acted against the interest of Fifa.”
The contract, reported by BBC, centered on TV rights favoring Mr. Warner’s group, which “resulted in a multi-million pound profit for Warner’s company. CNN further explained that it was a contract between FIFA and the “Caribbean Football Union and an alleged ‘disloyal payment’ of 2 million Swiss francs (about $2 million US) to Michel Platini, the head of European football body UEFA.”
Blatter’s side remains confident that this investigation will clearly show the innocence of the FIFA chief.
FIFA has released a statement saying it backs up the investigation fully and is cooperating with the authorities in finding out the truth.
This investigation comes after eight days when Secretary General Jerome Valcke was suspended due to possible participation in the scheme that will make him profit from the World Cup tickets sold in the black market.
Joseph “Sepp” Blatter is the eighth president of FIFA since 1998. He was born in Visp, Switzerland and has started as a technical director for FIFA in 1975 before getting elected as FIFA president in 1998. He has earlier announced his resignation on February.
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