Swiss Attorney General launches criminal investigation against Valcke

The Switzerland AG said it would investigate Jerome Valcke on suspicion of criminal mismanagement.

FILE: FIFA former Secretary General Jerome Valcke. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Swiss prosecutors have said they have opened a criminal investigation against Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man Jerome Vlacke.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland today said it would be investigate Fifa's former secretary-general on suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement.

In January, Fifa announced its decision to relieve Valcke of his duties.

He was suspended from all footballing activities for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from the sale of World Cup tickets.

The 55-year-old Frenchman was initially released from his duties in September 2015, pending an investigation that saw formal adjudicatory proceedings opened against him by the Fifa Ethics Committee.

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On Wednesday the World football governing body, said that the $10 million that was diverted to a development fund in the Caribbean at the behest of the South African Football Association(Safa) did constitute a bribe.

They say that former Fifa Vice President Warner and his co-conspirators lied to Fifa about the nature of the payment, disguising it as support for the benefit of the "African Diaspora" in the Caribbean region, when in reality it was a bribe.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula held a briefing today, in response to Fifa's assertion that a $10 million was paid to secure the rights to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Mbalula said the Fifa investigation was full of contradictions and said it has inflicted major harm to South Africa's reputation.

"South Africa refuses to drown itself in the blame-victim mentality game. The FBI indictment and Fifa orchestrated investigations are littered with explosive contradictions."

He said Fifa was responsible for its own decisions.

"It is utterly unique in world history where an organisation turns on itself to disown the decision taken by its own governance structures."

Mbalula added that they wanted to examine the full Fifa report.

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