KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: FIFA has been unable to persuade Swiss judicial authorities to revive the pursuit of ex-president Sepp Blatter over a controversial media rights deal.
An appeal by FIFA’, as the damaged party, that the case should be reinstated has been rejected by the the Board of Appeal of the Federal Criminal Court.
The court also found no indication that Blatter had been acting in breach of the contract for the television rights.
Blatter is not entirely out of the Swiss legal wood.
A criminal case continues into the infamous “disloyal payment” by FIFA on Blatter’s authorisation of $2m in February 2011 to the then UEFA president Michel Platini. Blatter is due in court to answer further questions next month but his ongoing health problems render this hearing questionable.
Platini, who is also facing charges over the payment, has denied all wrongdoing on the grounds that the money was a delayed sum owed for work he had undertaken on behalf of Blatter’s FIFA before he gained the UEFA presidency.