FIFA President Sepp Blatter is currently being questioned by representatives of the attorney general of Switzerland.
This follows a statement from the attorney general’s office, saying: “Swiss criminal proceedings against the President of FIFA, Mr. Joseph Blatter, have been opened on 24 September 2015 on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and – alternatively – misappropriation.”
Mr Blatter was due to speak before international press at FIFA headquarters today, following a two day executive committee meeting.
However this was first pushed back, and then cancelled without explanation, shortly after which FIFA headquarters were searched and data was seized from Mr Blatter’s office.
The Swiss attorney general’s office said the investigation surrounds a TV rights deal Mr Blatter signed with former Caribbean football chief Jack Warner in 2005.
Mr Blatter is also suspected of “a disloyal payment” in 2011 to UEFA president Michel Platini, the statement said.
FIFA said it was co-operating with the Swiss attorney general and had complied with its requests for information.
A FIFA spokesperson said: “We will continue this level of co-operation throughout the investigation.”
The news comes as it was announced today that former FIFA executive Jack Warner will face an extradition hearing in December after Trinidad and Tobago authorities overturned his attempts at an appeal.
Mr Warner was indicted in May by an American grand jury on 12 charged of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering as part of the ongoing investigation into FIFA.
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