ZURICH – A joint Swiss and American investigation of the FIFA organization revealed decades-long corruption, racketeering, extortion, money laundering and multi-million dollar bribes.

But 14 FIFA exec’s were actually indicted and mentioned by name in Information Documents. Yet none of the paperwork mentions Sepp Blatter. Then why is he avoiding countries with U.S. extradition treaties?

7 of FIFA’s top men were arrested during a meeting at the five-star Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich. While they sat seething in Zurich jail cells, Blatter went silent and did not lift a finger to help them. The men came out swinging…


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The seven officials — including two FIFA vice presidents, one member-elect of the FIFA executive committee and one FIFA staffer — were arrested in early morning hotel raids.

All face extradition to the United States in a process which could last months. Only then could they be questioned about involvement in alleged racketeering, money-laundering and wire fraud in a $150 million bribe scheme spanning more than two decades.

Here are some things to know about the ongoing legal process in Switzerland:

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FIRST APPEALS

The seven in Zurich have until next Monday to appeal being detained by Swiss authorities.

Their best chance of being released on bail lies with their lawyers either finding flaws in how American and Swiss agencies processed and handled the arrests, or a lenient judge.

“Release on bail is possible, but it’s very, very rare,” said Folco Galli, spokesman for the Swiss Federal Office of Justice in Bern.

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40 DAYS

The next deadline in the Swiss extradition process is July 3.

The U.S. must submit its formal extradition request by then and may be in no hurry to do so.

All seven detainees could be feeling a long way from their home countries in South and Central America and residences in the U.S.

“We will publish a press release as soon as these requests have been submitted,” Galli said Wednesday.

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EXTRADITION PROCESS

The Swiss justice office will examine the merits of each request and likely issue an extradition order within a month or two.

One condition is that the allegations each faces in the U.S. would also be punishable in Switzerland.

The Swiss authorities will not have an opinion on the likely guilt or innocence of each detainee. That is for the American courts to decide, Galli said.

An order granted can be appealed to the Swiss Criminal Court in Bellinzona, in the Italian-border canton (state) of Ticino. A further appeal route goes to the Swiss Federal Tribunal in Lausanne.

That whole process could last at least six months, depending on how much resistance is put up by the seven.

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SEPP BLATTER’S POSITION

The outgoing FIFA president will not be detained in his home country on behalf of American prosecutors. As a Swiss national, Blatter cannot be extradited by Switzerland.

Still, the 79-year-old Blatter becomes more exposed if traveling abroad where a warrant for his arrest and extradition could be sought by the U.S.

FIFA tournaments are being played this month in New Zealand and Canada.

Under normal circumstances, FIFA protocol would require Blatter to attend the Under-20 World Cup final in Auckland on June 20 and the Women’s World Cup final on July 5 in Vancouver.

FIFA said Wednesday that Blatter does not have any confirmed travel plans in the next two weeks.

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WORLD CUP CASE

In a separate case, Swiss federal authorities are looking at possible criminal mismanagement and money-laundering in FIFA’s decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

Swiss police last week questioned some of the 10 non-Swiss residents who voted in the process and still held their FIFA seats.

On Wednesday, the Swiss attorney general’s office said it could not confirm which of the 10 were spoken to as “persons providing information.”

One voter who claims not to have been spoken to is FIFA senior vice president Issa Hayatou of Cameroon. Hayatou, the Confederation of African Football president, told media in his home country this week that no authorities approached him in Switzerland.

After Blatter announced his resignation on Tuesday, the Swiss agency confirmed that he was not involved in its case

“His announced resignation will have no influence on the ongoing criminal proceedings,” the attorney general’s office said.

 

 



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Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s top deputy has denied allegations that he is the high-ranking official who made key payments in a bribery scandal engulfing world football. The New York Times and other media named Jerome Valcke as the person responsible for a $10m (£6m) transfer of funds cited in a US indictment.

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Fifa has denied that Mr Valcke or other managers were involved in the payment or the project it was destined for. Mr Valcke is not under indictment. Last Wednesday, world football was rocked when seven senior Fifa officials were detained at an annual convention in Zurich, among 14 people indicted by US prosecutors. Mr Blatter is not one of the accused. He went on to win re-election for a fifth term as Fifa president, extending his 16-year reign. On Monday, Mr Valcke announced that he would not be attending the opening of the Women’s World Cup in Canada on 6 June as planned – a move that correspondents called “highly unusual”.  

Warner ‘bribe’

The claims about Mr Valcke relate to a central corruption case being investigated by US authorities – the alleged payment of bribes over South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup. Prosecutors say a $10m payment was made from Fifa to accounts controlled by Jack Warner, the former vice president of Fifa who is among the 14 former or current Fifa officials and executives charged last Wednesday. Prosecutors allege that the payment constituted a bribe to Mr Warner in exchange for his support for South Africa’s bid to host the 2010 World Cup. The bribe was promised in 2004, as Fifa considered the bid, but in the years afterwards South Africa was unable to pay, the indictment says. So in 2008 Fifa itself made the payment to a group controlled by Mr Warner, diverting funds that would have gone to South Africa in support of the tournament. Mr Warner took much of that money, prosecutors say, for his personal use.

Mr Warner – who ran for political office in Trinidad and Tobago after leaving Fifa – denies all the charges against him

Mr Warner, who has become a politician since leaving Fifa, says he is innocent of all the charges. Unnamed US officials and well-placed sources told the New York Times, Wall St Journal and Reuters news agency that the unidentified “high-ranking official” alleged in paragraph 192 of the indictment to have “caused” the payments was Mr Valcke, Fifa’s secretary general. Mr Valcke is not named as a defendant and the indictment does not suggest the official knew the money was allegedly being used as a bribe.

Payment ‘for a project’

In a brief email to the New York Times, Mr Valcke said he had not authorised the payment and had no power to do so. A Fifa spokeswoman said the payment was authorised by the then-finance committee chairman, Julio Grondona, who died last year. Fifa, meanwhile, agrees that the South African government approved a $10m payment in 2007. But in a statement it said the funds went towards a legitimate “project to support the African diaspora in Caribbean countries as part of the World Cup legacy” – an account echoed by key South African officials. “The payments totalling $10m were authorised by the then chairman of the Finance Committee and executed in accordance with the Organisation Regulations of Fifa,” the statement said. “Neither the Secretary General Jerome Valcke nor any other member of Fifa’s senior management were involved in the initiation, approval and implementation of the above project,” it goes on to say.  


1. Sepp Blatter was born in Visp, a remote Alpine town in Switzerland in 1936. He has been married three times and has one daughter, Corinne, who lives in Visp where she owns a local restaurant. “It think when he’s gone, when he’s not Fifa president, they are going to realise what he has done,” she said. “Thanks to him the world is a little better.”

2. He is seeking election as Fifa president for an unprecedented fifth term. He has worked at Fifa since 1975, first as technical director, then general secretary for 17 years from 1981 and then as Fifa president for the past 17 years, having first been elected in 1998 (below).

3. Blatter is fond of reminding journalists that he was once a sports writer and time member of the International Association of Sports Journalists. He had graduated from the University of Lausanne with a business degree and previously worked in PR. So legend has it, he also worked as a wedding singer to supplement his income.

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4. Blatter has regularly offended with his remarks about women in football. Asked how to improve the popularity of their sport, he said: “Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball. They could, for example, have tighter shorts. Female players are pretty if you excuse me for saying so.”

5. He has also caused outrage over his pronouncements on racism in football (he said “there is no racism”), on homosexuality (he advised gay fans at the 2022 Qatar World Cup to “refrain”) and told John Terry, following allegations of an extramarital affair, that “if this happened in, let’s say Latin countries, then I think he would be applauded”.

6. Allegations of serious corruption by Fifa officials have followed his presidency. This week’s 47 FBI charges span almost 25 years and involve more than £97.5 million in illegal payments. The individuals indicted by the US prosecutors are nine Fifa officials and five marketing executives. Blatter himself has not been charged.

7. Blatter (pictured below with Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe) might be despised by many football fans and officials in Europe but has been brilliant at shoring up his power base by remaining hugely popular with countries in Asia and Africa. Each of the 209 Fifa nations has one vote in today’s election, regardless of the population, meaning Montserrat, Cape Verde and Curacao have as much say as Germany, Brazil and England.

8. There appears little hope of England hosting the World Cup without huge reform in Fifa. Immediately before voting for the 2018 World Cup, Blatter apparently reminded members of the executive committee of the “evils of the media”. He also blamed the UK media for creating the controversy over Qatar hosting the World Cup, despite the allegations of bribery and the tournament being moved to the winter because it was subsequently decided that the original bid proposal was not feasible. “Sadly there is a great deal of discrimination and racism, and this hurts me,” said Blatter.

9. Sepp Blatter’s salary as Fifa president has never been disclosed, but it is estimated that £100 million a year is paid out to executives in personal expenses and that Fifa’s revenue stands at £3.7 billion.

10. He speaks fluent French, Italian, English, German and Spanish. Friends, colleagues and rivals generally concur that he can be charming – note his tendency to dance (dreadfully) at major public events – but utterly ruthless. “When it serves him – and when his power is at stake – he will do almost anything to defend it,” said Gerhard Aigner, Uefa’s former general secretary.


A history of Fifa corruption

Cash for votes exposé – October 2010

Reynald Temarii, president of the Oceania Football Confederation, is recorded telling Sunday Times reporters that two bids had offered “huge” payments for his support in the 2018 World Cup bidding process and that he had received offers of between $10-12 million (£7.5 million). Amos Adamu, a Fifa executive committee member from Nigeria, says he wants $800,000 (£500,000) to build four artificial football pitches, which contravenes Fifa’s rules. Both men tell reporters they could facilitate access to the men who’ll decide where the tournaments will be held. Adamu and Temarii are provisionally suspended from all football-related activity pending the outcome of an investigation. Sunday Times also exposed the referees committee, Ahongalu Fusimalohi and former executive committee member Ismael Bhamjee.

Blatter promises investigation – October 2010

Fifa president Sepp Blatter writes to all 24 executive committee members promising a full investigation into allegations. It emerges that the Spain-Portugal and Qatar bids could face expulsion from the contest for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments if the duo are found guilty of colluding. Spain-Portugal’s bid leader accuses England of doing a deal with the USA in breach of Fifa regulations.

Temarii and Adamu are banned – November 2010

 

It is reported that the Spain-Portugal and Qatar World Cup bids could escape censure over the allegations of collusion, after Fifa executive committee member Chuck Blazer confirms that no hard evidence had been passed to its ethics committee. Adamu is suspended for three years and fined 10,000 Swiss francs (£6,341) while Temarii is banned for a year and fined 5,000 Swiss francs (£3,170). Panel concludes there is insufficient proof of collusion between the Spain/Portugal and Qatar bids.

Russia and Qatar win World Cup bids – December 2010

English FA is humiliated as Russia is handed 2018 World Cup finals; Qatar gets the 2022 tournament. Roger Burden, acting chairman of the FA, stands down after relations between FA and Fifa descend into acrimony. Burden said he “wanted nothing more to do with them [Fifa]”. Swiss government prepares to investigate risk of corruption in sports bodies based in the country following Fifa’s controversial award of the two World Cup finals.

Telegraph reveals Qatar corruption – January 2011

Documents seen by Telegraph Sport reveal that Qatar offered to relocate the headquarters of the Asian Football Confederation to Doha.

Evidence emerges of Qatar and Spain-Portugal collusion – February 2011

Blatter confirms that the Qatar and Spain-Portugal World Cup bids colluded to trade votes in the contest for the 2018 and 2022 finals.

FA and Fifa at loggerheads – May 2011

Geoff Thompson endorses Sepp Blatter’s campaign to retain the Fifa presidency despite having been chairman of England’s failed World Cup bid. Telegraph Sport discloses that England football officials hired a “corporate investigations” company to investigate their rivals during the failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup. Six of Fifa’s executive committee are accused in Parliament of “improper and unethical behaviour” during World Cup bidding. Fifa demand the FA provide evidence to support allegations of corruption and “unethical” behaviour against six executive committee members.

Blatter vows to complete the inquiry before presidential election. The FA reveal they will hold independent inquiry into Lord Triesman’s allegations of corruption against four Fifa executive committee members. The FA board agrees to abstain in the forthcoming Fifa presidential election because of doubts over the probity of both Blatter and his challenger Mohamed Bin Hammam. Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid committee accuses Parliamentary committee of “insulting” behaviour as it launches attempted fight-back against allegations of corruption leveled against it. The FA call for the June 1 Fifa election to be postponed and for an independent review of the world governing body’s structures.

Blatter runs for re-election – rch 2011

 
Reports say the FA will support any challenger to Sepp Blatter in forthcoming Fifa presidential election. Fifa presidential challenger Mohamed Bin Hammam considers striking deal with Michel Platini that would see him step aside in favour of the Uefa president after just one four-year term if he is successful in his campaign to unseat Sepp Blatter. Blatter promises to hand out $1 billion (£610,000) in “development” funds to the 208 members associations that will decide his fate as president in the forthcoming Fifa election.

Bin Hammam and Warner are suspended – May 2011

 

 
Fifa presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam says Amadou Diallo, a Guinean national accused in Parliament of facilitating bribes on behalf of Qatar’s World Cup bid, is a close friend of his but not involved in any wrongdoing. Amadou Diallo, the man accused of facilitating bribes on behalf of Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid worked for Fifa for at least six years as an advisor to Mohamed Bin Hammam, the governing body confirms.It then emerges that Bin Hammam and Jack Warner, a Fifa vice-president, are to face disciplinary action for allegedly offering bribes to members of the Caribbean Football Union in exchange for votes in forthcoming election. Fifa’s ethics committee suspend the pair from all football-related activity pending the outcome of a full inquiry into bribery accusations. Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke confirms that an email in which he made the sensational allegation that Qatar “bought” the 2022 World Cup is genuine after Warner, the recipient, reveals it to the press.

Qatar dismiss bribery claims – July 2011

The whistleblower in FIFA 2022 corruption claims, Phaedra Almajid retracts her claims. Hassan Al-Thawadi, the secretary-general of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, dismisses bribery claims. He then outlines the nation’s plans to construct air-conditioned stadiums.

Telegraph reveals FBI investigation – December 2011

The Daily Telegraph reports that the FBI are investigating alleged hacking into email accounts for England and America’s World Cup bids.

Fifa launches investigation into corruption practices – July 2012

 
Fifa employ American attorney Michael J. Garcia to investigate allegations of corruption in world football. A month later, Garcia declares his intention to investigate the bidding process and decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar

Blatter insists Qatar World Cup will be held in the summer – March 2013

Blatter claims that Qatar will host the World Cup in the June-July summer slot as planned, amid growing speculation it will be moved to the winter.

Fifa begins to turn on itself – July 2013

FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger labels the decision to award Qatar the hosting rights of the 2022 Cup as a “blatant mistake.”

Blatter’s admission – August 2013

Blatter confirms that that the FIFA executive committee will meet to decide on when the 2022 World Cup should be held, due to Qatar’s hot climate. He admits that playing the World Cup in the summer there is “not rational and reasonable”. Blatter goes onto say that Fifa made “a mistake” when appointing Qatar as the host nation for the 2022 World Cup.

Fresh bribery allegations emerge – June 2014

Millions of new documents are made public by the Sunday Times, showing how bribes changed hands in order to secure Qatar the 2022 World Cup. Fifa claims it is taking the claims seriously.

Garcia report is blocked – September 2014

Garcia delivers his 350-page report, but Hans-Joachim Eckert, the head of the adjudicatory arm of FIFA’s ethics committee, declares that it will not be made public for legal reasons. Instead, Eckert reveals that he will produce a summary of the report ready for public consumption by November 2014.

Eckert releases his summary and Garcia resigns – November 2014

Eckert makes public the 42-page summary of his findings after reviewing the Garcia’s report. The summary clears both Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing during the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Critics denounce Eckert’s summary as ‘a whitewash’, while Garcia denounces it as “materially incomplete” with “erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions”. FIFA’s Appeal Committee then dismiss Garcia’s appeal against the Eckert summary. Garcia resigns a day later, before FIFA’s executive committee agree to publish a “legally appropriate version” of the Garcia report.

Sponsors withdraw from Fifa – January 2015

Following Sony and Emirates ending their sponsorship contracts with Fifa, Castrol, Continental and Johnson & Johnson withdraw as pressure mounts on Blatter to quit.

Blatter faces new challenger – January 2015

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan announces he will run against Blatter in May Fifa presidential elections. Later in the month Greg Dyke announces that his bid has the FA’s support.

Telegraph reveals Warner was paid millions by Qatari firm – March 2015

Documents show that the former Fifa vice-president and his family were paid millions by a company controlled by a former Qatari football official shortly after the country won its bid for the 2022 World Cup. Warner appears to have been personally paid $1.2?million (£720,000), while payments totalling almost $750,000 (£450,000) were made to Mr Warner’s sons. A further $400,000 (£240,000) was paid to one of his employees.

It’s a Winter World Cup – March 2015

Fifa confirm the Qatar World Cup will be held in November and December 2022. Premier League clubs demand compensation for the disruption.

Figo quits Fifa presidential race – May 2015

Former footballer Luis Figo withdraws from the race, due to Blatter’s “dictatorship”. He also claims to have seen incidents that “should shame anyone who desires soccer to be free, clean and democratic”.

Fifa officials arrested in US corruption investigation – May 2015

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