FIFA Under Fire: Swiss Authorities To Investigate FIFA President
Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, president of FIFA since 1998, is under criminal investigation. The announcement came on Friday, September 25, 2015 from The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland. According to the announcement, Blatter is being investigated “on suspicion of criminal management as well as—alternatively—on suspicion of misappropriation.”
This comes as another development in a series of investigations involving FIFA. Swiss law enforcement officials arrested a number of top soccer officials in May and extradited them to the U.S. on federal corruption charges. The U.S. Department of Justice charged nine current and former FIFA officials and five others with racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses.
Sepp Blatter himself previously encountered a criminal investigation for financial mismanagement after the 2002 FIFA president election, but the investigation ended due to a lack of evidence.