The high-profile person who will head up the task force established to finetune crucial reforms of football’s scandal-hit world governing body FIFA will be named very soon a source close to the organisation’s leadership said. However, any changes put to September’s meeting of the FIFA executive committee could, according to senior sources, face stiff opposition despite the calls from major sponsors for there to be serious reforms following the US authorities charging 14 people, including three former FIFA vice-presidents, of taking or giving millions of dollars of bribes in return for football marketing and television contracts. FIFA’s outgoing president Sepp Blatter announced on Monday that an 11-strong task force, with an independent chairperson, would prepare reforms including limits on terms for leaders, tougher background checks on executive committee members and the publication of salaries of top officials. Pressure from major sponsors has come in recent weeks for FIFA to name an independent commission led by a heavyweight figure to prepare […]

One of the seven FIFA officials held in Switzerland as part of an investigation into massive corruption at football’s governing body has been extradicted to the United States, the Swiss justice ministry said Thursday.   Swiss authorities last week confirmed that one of the FIFA suspects wanted by the US had accepted extradition and that the prisoner transfer was likely to be approved quickly. Justice ministry spokesman Raphael Frei declined to name the official, saying only that he was extradicted on Wednesday. “He was handed over to a three-man US police escort in Zurich who accompanied him on the flight to New York,” the spokesman said in a statement. The Wall Street Journal on July 10 reported that Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands, a former FIFA vice-president, was the suspect who agreed to be sent to the US. All seven FIFA officials wanted by American prosecutors were arrested in a dawn raid on a Zurich hotel on May 27, […]

The number of alleged money laundering transactions linked to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups bids won by Russia and Qatar has ballooned from 53 to 81, a spokesman for Switzerland’s chief prosecutor told AFP on Sunday.   The Swiss justice authorities have received new instances of alleged money laundering almost on a daily basis since the attorney general Michael Lauber announced on June 17 an initial 53 cases to be looked into. . “I do confirm that OAG (office of the attorney general) received as of today 81 suspicious activity reports trough the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland (MROS),” the attorney-general’s spokesman Andre Marty told AFP. “All reports are related to the OAG’s investigation into the allocation of the Football World Cups 2018 & 2022.” Marty, though, did not give details nor the amounts of accounts already frozen by the department with relation to tihs affair. These revelations come three weeks after Lauber said the 53 “suspicious” cases had […]