FIFA president Sepp Blatter is now under investigation for ‘criminal mismanagement’ and ‘misappropriation,’ it has been reported.
In a statement released on Friday, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland revealed that it interrogated Blatter concerning a contract he signed with the Caribbean Football Union in 2005, as well as a ‘disloyal’ deal he made with UEFA president Michel Platini in 2011.
Both deals, the OAG said, were made at the expense of FIFA, and that Blatter ‘also violated his fiduciary duties and acted against the interest of FIFA and/or FIFA Marketing & TV AG.’
‘On 25 September 2015, representatives of the OAG interrogated the defendant Joseph Blatter following a meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee,’ reads the statement. ‘At the same time, Michel Platini was heard as a person asked to provide information (Article 178 of the Swiss Code of Criminal Procedure). Furthermore, the OAG conducted on 25 September 2015 a house search at FIFA Headquarters with the support of the Federal Criminal Police. The office of the FIFA President has been searched and data seized.’
FIFA has since reacted to the development with its own statement:
FIFA Statement on the Office of the Swiss Attorney General Investigation. pic.twitter.com/NX9reVosp3
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) September 25, 2015
As ENTmania! reported, Blatter announced his resignation in June following the controversial elections that saw candidates dropping out in protest. However, it has been reported that he later denied ever resigning.