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Swiss Authorities Question FIFA President Sepp Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is currently being questioned by the Swiss Attorney General the BBC has reported and it has been confirmed by the AG’s office. The BBC reports that in a statement, the attorney general’s office said it had opened “criminal proceedings” against Mr. Blatter. It said he was being investigated “on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as – alternatively – on suspicion of misappropriation”.

FIFA released a statement saying they are cooperating with the Swiss AG office.

“Since 27 May 2015, FIFA has been cooperating with the OAG and has complied with all requests for documents, data and other information. We will continue this level of cooperation throughout the investigation,” the FIFA statement said. “Today, at the Home of FIFA, representatives from the Office of the Swiss Attorney General conducted interviews and gathered documents pursuant to its investigation. FIFA facilitated these interviews as part of our ongoing cooperation. We will have no further comment on the matter as it is an active investigation,” via ESPN FC.

The Guardian reports that FIFA headquarters was also searched and data was seized from Blatter’s office, causing a scheduled press conference to be cancelled amid fevered speculation.

“On the one hand, 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. 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,” said the office of the Swiss attorney general, Michael Lauber via The Guardian.

That is believed to relate to the television contract unearthed by Swiss broadcasters that showed Blatter had agreed to sell TV rights to the disgraced former FIFA heavyweight, Jack Warner, at below the market rate.

“Additionally, Mr. Joseph Blatter is suspected of a disloyal payment of 2m Swiss francs to Michel Platini, President of Union of European Football Associations (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,” via The Guardian.

Mr. Platini has given evidence as a witness according to SkyNews. Blatter was interrogated after chairing a meeting of FIFA’s executive committee on Friday the report states. Blatter is the first person formally questioned by the Swiss AG as a suspect, SkyNews reports.

The Telegraph is running live updates of the situation pertaining to Blatter as they come in.

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