FIFA has registered a criminal complaint against former president Sepp Blatter within the financing of its loss-making soccer museum in Zurich.
The soccer firm’s governing body said on Tuesday it supposed”criminal mismanagement from FIFA’s former control and businesses appointed by these” in work on the memorial – long regarded as a pet project of Blatter’s – at a renovated and leased city-center construction.
The FIFA World Football Museum started in 2016 following $115 million has been spent refurbishing the 1970s office building to also comprise 34 rental flats.
It was intended to open around May 2015, when Blatter acquired fifth presidential elections were postponed before he left office amid pressure from Swiss and American investigations of global soccer officials.
Blatter dedicated FIFA to a leasing contract with the construction owner, insurance company Swiss Life, which needs paying $295 million throughout 2045 in above-market prices, soccer’s world body said.
FIFA stated its criminal complaint after an external audit of this job was sent by hand to canton (state) prosecutors in Zurich.
“That audit demonstrated a vast selection of questionable conditions and management failures, a few of which could be criminal in character and therefore have to be properly investigated by the relevant government,” FIFA deputy secretary-general for management Alasdair Bell said in a statement.
Blatter, who resigned over a corruption scandal in 2015, has denied any wrongdoing.