FIFA Begins Investigation Into Corruption Claims Against UEFA, FIFA Chiefs

© AFP 2022 / MICHAEL BUHOLZERThis file photo taken on June 3, 2015 shows FIFA employees entering the FIFA headquarters in Zurich
This file photo taken on June 3, 2015 shows FIFA employees entering the FIFA headquarters in Zurich - Sputnik International
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The FIFA ethics committee launched a probe into corruption claims against presidents of UEFA and FIFA.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The FIFA ethics committee launched a probe into corruption claims against President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Michel Platini and FIFA President Joseph Blatter on Saturday, media reported.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter attends a press conference on May 30, 2015 in Zurich after being re-elected during the FIFA Congress - Sputnik International
Swiss Authorities Open Court Case Against FIFA President Blatter
On Friday, the Swiss Office of the Attorney General said that the country's authorities had opened criminal proceedings against Blatter on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation. Blatter is also suspected of disloyal payments of $2.05 million to Platini in 2011 at the expense of FIFA, for work allegedly performed in 1999-2002.

The same day, Blatter' lawyer Richard Cullen said that the Swiss criminal investigation would undoubtedly clear the defendant of any wrongdoing as soon as they reviewed the documents and the evidence.

In May, several high-ranking FIFA officials were arrested on a US federal corruption warrant. The scandal led to Blatter’s resignation days after he was re-elected to a fifth term, regardless of FIFA reports that he was not involved in the corruption schemes.

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