FIFA President Sepp Blatter Charged with Corruption
American and Swiss investigators have their eyes on the FIFA president, Sepp Blatter as he was charged with corruption of FIFA money. Blatter has previously denied the charges and said that he is not a corrupt official. He also stated that the FIFA corruption that’s been exposed recently is caused by people who are beyond the control of the FIFA management. Despite his denials, Blatter was forced to step down as FIFA president due to the said criminal allegations on September 26. According to a statement made by Switzerland’s attorney general’s office, the Swiss criminal proceedings against Sepp Blatter have been opened on September 24 due to criminal mismanagement and misappropriation.
According to Swiss allegations, Blatter has exhibited mismanagement of FIFA resources and illegal actions that supported his place of power on top of raking the money itself. It was alleged that Blatter’s mismanagement has led to an amount of roughly 100 million dollars of losses. Along with Blatter, Michel Platini, who’s the current UEFA president, was also charged of corruption. According to reports, Blatter paid two million Swiss Francs to Platini for him to step down as a challenger for the FIFA presidencial post. The mentioned money came from FIFA’s allocated funds.
According to Blatter’s lawyer, Richard Cullen, the FIFA president is coordinating with the authorities. Cullen is also confident that financial mismanagement never took place and evidences will rightfull prove this.
Sepp Blatter has served as the eight president of FIFA. He started this post on June 1998. Prior to becoming the FIFA President, Blatter has work at FIFA as a technical director and general secretary.