FIFA has filed a criminal complaint against its former Swiss president, Joseph Blatter. Because of his accusation of “criminal mismanagement”, in connection with a football museum in Zurich, Switzerland.
The governing body of the world’s premier popular game said on Tuesday that 500 million Swiss francs ($ 564 million) had been spent on the museum, which opened in 2016 in a rented building and was renovated in the center of Zurich, money that “could and should have been directed to developing World football. “
The losing museum was a popular project for Blatter, who stepped down as FIFA president in 2015 after 16 years in office, amid allegations of corruption that rocked FIFA.
The International Federation added that FIFA “submitted a criminal complaint to the General Prosecutor of the Canton of Zurich as evidence of suspected criminal mismanagement by the former FIFA administration and the companies appointed by them … after an investigation conducted by external experts.”
“The complaint identifies the direct involvement of the former president of the federation, Joseph Blatter, with other persons in relation to the activities related to the agreements, which were signed related to the facility,” FIFA said.
FIFA noted that 140 million Swiss francs entered a “building that the organization does not own,” and that another 360 million Swiss francs would constitute the building’s rent until 2045, a deal that was made “on unfavorable terms compared to standard market prices.”
Blatter is also the subject of two Swiss federal inquiries into his judgment and payments. But his Swiss successor, Gianni Infantino, is also the focus of an investigation into the use of a private jet in 2017 by a special public prosecutor, who has been assigned to investigate secret meetings between Infantino and the former Swiss attorney general.