ZURICH: An FIFA internal investigation uncovered wrongdoing beyond the corruption cases being pursued by United States and Swiss prosecutors, according to a report from the Bloomberg agency.
The report ascribes the information about possible further legal action to ‘a person familiar with the information.’
Some of the findings reportedly relate to the world federation’s commercial contracts and alleged bribes paid by former officials. Details could be presented to president Gianni Infantino and his executive bureau by the end of the month.
The internal investigation was launched after Swiss police, acting on requests from the US Justice Department, swooped on the FIFA leadership in Zurich two years ago ahead of the annoincement of wide-ranging corruption charges against officials mainly from Latin and North America.
FIFA’s lawyer, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, has billed the federation for more than $30m for work undertaken so far.
Former president Sepp Blatter is under formal investigation in Switzerland over possible criminal mismanagement related to the sale of media rights in the Caribbean and a suspected “disloyal payment” of CHF2m to Michel Platini who had been a FIFA vice-president and head of the European federation UEFA at the time.
Also under investigation is the former FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke who was sacked after details emerged concerning allegations concerning the sale of World Cup tickets.
All have denied wrongdoing.