PROSECUTORS DROP WORLD CUP TV RIGHTS CASE AGAINST BLATTER

PROSECUTORS DROP WORLD CUP TV RIGHTS CASE AGAINST BLATTER

Switzerland’s federal prosecutor is about to end its investigation into former FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s deals with the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) to sell World Cup broadcasting rights.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said it has informed all parties of its intention to close the case and was seeking ways to end it.

‘We confirm the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland… considers the criminal investigation into the partial facts and allegations concerning the contractual relationship with the CFU to be complete and ready for conclusion,’ it said in a statement.

The OAG ‘intends to discontinue the proceedings’, it added, giving no reason for the decision.

As a result, Blatter, who is currently serving a six-year ban from football-related activities over ethics violations, will not be prosecuted for the matter which relates to allegedly selling TV rights for World Cup tournaments too cheaply.

The 84-year-old Swiss, who led FIFA until 2015, was accused of selling TV rights to the CFU for the 2010 and 2014 World Cups for $600,000 (£482,000), seen as far below the market value at the time.

A spokesman for Blatter said he had not heard anything officially but had no reason to doubt the media reports. 

-Daily Mail

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