FBI trying into suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s function in bribery case: report

LONDON — The FBI is investigating Sepp Blatter’s function in a kickbacks scandal that concerned his predecessor as FIFA president, Joao Havelange, the BBC reported Sunday.

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The BBC mentioned it is going to air a program Monday with proof that signifies Blatter knew about thousands and thousands of {dollars} in bribes being paid out to senior FIFA officers within the 1990s by sports activities advertising and marketing firm ISL in return for tv and advertising and marketing rights.

Havelange needed to resign as honorary FIFA president over his function within the case, however Blatter has denied data of the funds.

Nonetheless, the BBC says it has seen a letter apparently written by Havelange that implies Blatter, who’s presently suspended by FIFA in a separate case, was conscious of the funds however took no motion.

The British broadcaster quoted the letter as saying that Blatter had “full data of all actions” regarding the ISL funds and was “at all times apprised” of them.

It didn’t say when the letter was written, however that it’s included in an FBI request to Swiss authorities for assist in a wider probe into soccer corruption. The request says that “amongst different issues, the prosecutor is investigating Havelange’s statements implicating Blatter.”

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