KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: Another case against Sepp Blatter, the disgraced and banned former president of world football federation FIFA, has apparently been shut down by the Swiss judiciary.
Blatter, now 84, has been under criminal investigation since the autumn of 2015 when he was banned initially over the notorious “disloyal payment” to then FIFA vice-president and UEFA supremo Michel Platini.
Later Blatter faced action over allegations connected to a World Cup media rights award to another one-time FIFA vice-president in Trinidad’s Jack Warner from the central and north American confederation.
Now the French daily newspaper Le Monde has reported that Swiss prosecutors have ended inquiries into the provision in 2007 of a private jet for Warner, valued at $365,000.
Blatter has always denied all charges against him.
A continuing investigation concerns an “unsecured loan of one million dollars” paid from a FIFA account on April 13, 2010, to the Trinidad & Tobago FA – then headed by Warner. Also being studied are the roles of former FIFA chief financial officer Markus Kattner and ex-secretary general Jérôme Valcke.
Last May Blatter was told he was released from inquiries into a 2005 World Cup TV deal in favour of the Caribbean Football Union, also controlled by Warner who is currently resisting an extradition request from the United States Department of Justice to answer charges arising out of the FIFAGate correption scandal.