FIFA launch criminal proceedings against former president Blatter over finances

FIFA has started criminal proceedings against former president Sepp Blatter over the finances of a museum in Switzerland.

The allegations relate to the involvement of Blatter and other former officials in the FIFA museum project in Zurich.

Blatter, who resigned as FIFA president in 2015 amid a corruption scandal, has always maintained any wrongdoing and denies these latest allegations as well.

World football's governing body claim Blatter and his previous administration cost them £420m to "renovate a building the organisation doesn't own" while also "locking itself into a long-term rental agreement on unfavourable terms".

FIFA's deputy secretary general Alasdair Bell said: "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."

The complaint has been sent to Swiss prosecutors in Zurich, with FIFA vowing to bring Blatter to account.

The museum project began in 2013, two years before Blatter, who was FIFA president for 17 years, resigned.

Blatter, who is serving a six year ban from football, issued a statement through his lawyer Lorenz Erni, which said: "The accusations are baseless and are vehemently repudiated."

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