FBI Probe Launched Into Outgoing FIFA President Blatter – Reports
Following his sudden resignation as President of FIFA Tuesday, Sepp Blatter finds himself the subject of investigation by US prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
His decision to quit came just days after he was re-elected for a fifth term to the post he has held since 1998. The week prior to stepping down, the FBI arrested seven FIFA officials as part of an investigation into fraud and corruption in soccer’s governing body.
The news of the possible investigation comes from ABC news citing sources familiar with the case.
Blatter was re-elected at FIFA’s 65th Congress with only one challenger — Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan — who withdrew after the first round of voting Friday.
The United States, and many others, had expressed their disappointment at his re-election, which seemed to indicate that the highest levels of the organization would not be held responsible for years of corruption and an alleged $150 million in bribes.
“While we are disappointed in the result of the election, we will continue to push for meaningful change within FIFA,” said United States Soccer Federation (USSF) President Sunil Gulati in a statement following the elections.
Meanwhile, some have questioned why the initial charges against soccer’s governing association are coming from the United States — not traditionally a soccer-heavy nation. The US government has maintained that it is not trying to interfere in the internal politics of the organization.