FBI ‘investigating’ outgoing FIFA chief Blatter
Sources familiar with the FIFA corruption case supposedly told ABC News that the investigation is related to last week’s arrests
The FBI and U.S. prosecutors are reportedly investigating the newly resigned FIFA President Sepp Blatter, according to ABC News.
Sources familiar with the FIFA corruption case supposedly told ABC News Wednesday that the investigation is related to last week’s arrests of FIFA officials.
The source said, “Now that people are going to want to save themselves, there’s probably a race to see who will flip on (Blatter) first”, explaining that this is a tactic used by the FBI when trying to get statements from people on their superiors.
ABC News reported also that the FBI was not willing to comment as Blatter has not publicly been identified in the investigation.
The 79-year-old Blatter was re-elected to a fifth term on Friday, two days after a corruption crisis erupted and seven soccer officials were arrested in Zurich ahead of the FIFA congress.
Also on Wednesday, Interpol added six men with ties to FIFA to its most wanted list, issuing an international alert for two former FIFA officials and four executives on charges including racketeering and corruption.
Two of the men, former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner of Trinidad and former executive committee member Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay, have been arrested in their home counties. Warner has since been released and Leoz is under house arrest.
The Interpol “red notice” means they risk arrest anywhere they travel.
Others listed were Argentinians Alejandro Burzaco and Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, who together are accused of paying more than $100 million in bribes for media and commercial rights to soccer tournaments; and Jose Margulies, a Brazilian broadcast executive.