Swiss justice dept freezes millions of Swiss francs related to FIFA

  • Reuters, Zurich
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2015 17:42 IST
A file photo of the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. (AP Photo)

The Swiss Justice Ministry spokesperson announced on Thursday that they have decided to freeze millions of Swiss francs worth of assets related to football’s world governing body, Fifa.

The governing body is suffering one of the worst corruption scandal in its more than 100 - year history, with 41 entities and people including football bosses from throughout the Americas charged by U.S. prosecutors and FIFA President Sepp Blatter suspended from his post pending a full investigation.

“U.S. authorities asked for documents related to 50 accounts at different banks, through which corruption money is supposed to have transited,” Swiss Justice Ministry spokesperson Folco Galli said, confirming a report by Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger.

In a statement, Galli said a “high double-digit million amount” had been frozen following the U.S. request to authorities in Switzerland, where FIFA is based.

Blatter and Uefa President Michel Platini have both been provisionally suspended for 90 days over a suspicious payment made to Platini, pending a thorough investigation. Both men have proclaimed their innocence.

Thursday’s announcement came a day after officials said German prosecutors had asked Switzerland to help look into a suspicious payment linked to Germany’s hosting of the 2006 World Cup, including by sifting through bank data.

“The justice ministry has recently passed on the request for administrative assistance from the prosecutor in Frankfurt to the Swiss attorney general’s office so it can deal with it,” Galli said. “The ... ministry has not received any other requests for administrative assistance related to FIFA.”

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