By Babajide Okeowo
For his alleged involvement in a museum project in Zurich, Switzerland, the world’s football governing body Fédération Internationale de Football Association, FIFA has lodged a complaint of “criminal mismanagement” against its former president Sepp Blatter.
The charges according to the World football governing body are related to the involvement of Mr. Blatter and other former officials in the FIFA museum project in Zurich, Switzerland.
FIFA says Blatter’s previous administration cost them 500m Swiss francs (about $565m) to renovate “a building that the organisation doesn’t own”, while also “locking itself into a long-term rental agreement on unfavourable terms”.
“Given the massive costs associated with this museum, as well as the general way of working of the previous FIFA management, a forensic audit was conducted in order to find out what really happened here.
That audit revealed a wide range of suspicious circumstances and management failures, some of which may be criminal in nature and need to be properly investigated by the relevant authorities.
We came to the conclusion that we had no choice other than to report the case to state prosecutors, not least because the current management of FIFA also has fiduciary responsibilities to the organisation and we intend to live up to them, even if those before us dismally failed to” said Alasdair Bell, FIFA’S deputy secretary-general (Administration}
The complaint has been sent to the Zurich prosecutor, and FIFA says it will “continue to cooperate with the authorities in Switzerland and elsewhere so that those people who damaged football are held accountable for their actions”.
The charge is the latest in the series of allegations of financial impropriety against Mr. Blatter, who was literally forced out of office in 2015 amid a corruption scandal.
Blatter who is now 84-year-old has always denied any wrongdoing.