Accounts with up to 100mln Swiss francs frozen in Fifa scandal

US officials are reported to have asked Switzerland to freeze about 50 accounts in 10 Swiss banks.

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LONDON - More than a billion rand worth of Swiss francs belonging to world soccer's governing body Fifa have been frozen.

US investigators believe illicit funds may have been transited through the accounts and want to prevent the money from being withdrawn.

US officials are reported to have asked Switzerland to freeze about 50 accounts in 10 Swiss banks.

The move is linked to the wide ranging inquiry into corruption.

According to reports, numerous Fifa members are believed to have accounts in Switzerland, including the head of the South American Confederation who had as many as 12.

In total, up to 100 million Swiss francs have been blocked. The move coincides with the interviewing of suspended President Sepp Blatter by the organisation's ethics committee.

He denies any wrongdoing and is due to leave Fifa in February.