The Swiss public prosecutor’s office (MPC) has decided to close one of the two investigations into the former president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, according to reports.
According to the French newspaper Le Monde and the German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung, the disgraced 84-year-old man will not be prosecuted for a charge relating to television rights sold to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU).
It was one of two criminal cases opened against Blatter in 2015 for “suspicion of unfair management and breach of trust”.
Blatter told AFP on Friday that he “did not personally receive the document from the MPC. I will ask my lawyer to send it to me.
“This concerns the TV rights contract.”
Swiss prosecutors suspected Blatter of having signed a “contract unfavorable to FIFA” with the CFU, then under the control of Jack Warner, who was excluded from football for life and charged with corruption by American justice officials.
The contract granted the CFU television rights for the 2010 and 2014 World Cups for $ 600,000, an amount deemed to be below market price.
Blatter, however, is still the subject of a second criminal investigation into the controversial payment of two million Swiss francs (1.89 million euros) to Michel Platini, the former UEFA president, in February 2011 .
“Once the case concerning the payment of 2 million Swiss francs to Platini is also closed, I will ask FIFA to rehabilitate me.
“…. because my suspension by the FIFA ethics committee was made on the basis of accusations by Swiss justice,” Blatter, who was ousted from office in 2015, told AFP and is serving a six-year ban on FIFA activities.
Platini was banned from football for four years by FIFA, of which he was then vice-president, in 2015.
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