The public prosecutor’s office in Switzerland is about to halt its investigations into the case in which the former president of the International Football Association (FIFA) is following up on his dealings with the Caribbean Federation for the game about selling World Cup rights.
The Federal Prosecutor’s Office said it had informed all parties it intended to close the case, and that it was looking for ways to announce its closure.
Blatter, 84, who headed FIFA until 2015, was accused of selling the broadcast rights of the 2010 and 2014 World Cup matches to the Caribbean Confederation for 600,000 dollars, which is much less than the value due to the deal at that time.
And in a statement issued by the Federation. “We confirm that the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Switzerland considers criminal investigations into partial facts and allegations related to contractual relations with the Caribbean Football Association complete and ready for closure.”
He continued in the same statement that he “intends not to continue the procedures.” Without mentioning any reasons for this decision.
This means that Blatter – who has been suspended from football activities for six years for violating the charter regulations – will not be legally prosecuted in connection with the issue of selling the World Cup rights at a price well below the price owed to the CAR.
A Blatter spokesman said he had not heard anything officially about the case, but he had no reason not to believe the media reports.
In another case, Blatter was charged with arranging the payment of two million Swiss francs ($ 2.06 million) to former UEFA president Michel Platini in February 2011.
The prosecutor’s office said that the investigations into this case had nothing to do with the closing of the first case in which Blatter was affiliated, but only related to this file.
It is worth noting that Blatter and Platini have publicly confirmed more than once that they did not commit any wrongdoing, in the midst of the biggest corruption scandal that has afflicted FIFA throughout its history, and these investigations have ousted many of the figures of the International Football Association.