Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Joseph Blatter, the head of world soccer body FIFA, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation, the Swiss attorney general’s office (OAG) said on Friday.
As the corruption probe at FIFA widened, OAG representatives interrogated Blatter after FIFA’s executive committee met in Zurich, the OAG said in a statement.
“Furthermore, the OAG conducted on 25 September 2015 a house search at FIFA Headquarters with the support of the Federal Criminal Police. The office of the FIFA President has been searched and data seized,” it added.
Blatter’s office in Zurich has been raided. The 79-year-old, who has headed up Fifa since 1998, has denied any wrongdoing.
It’s the latest development in a worldwide probe into corruption at Fifa. The awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar are in question.
There are also reports of alleged bribery linked to the 2010 tournament, which was held here in South Africa.
FIFA has responded by saying it facilitated these interviews as part of its ongoing cooperation.