freezes millions of Swiss francs related to FIFA
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[December 17, 2015]
ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss Justice
Ministry has frozen millions of Swiss francs related to world soccer
body FIFA, a spokesman said on Thursday, confirming a media report.
World soccer's governing body is suffering the worst corruption
scandal in its more than 100-year history, with 41 entities and
people including soccer bosses from throughout the Americas charged
by U.S. prosecutors and FIFA President Sepp Blatter suspended from
his post pending a full investigation.
"U.S. authorities asked for documents related to 50 accounts at
different banks, through which corruption money is supposed to have
transited," Swiss Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said,
confirming a report by Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger.
In a statement, Galli said a "high double-digit million amount" had
been frozen following the U.S. request to authorities in
Switzerland, where FIFA is based.
Blatter and European ((UEFA) soccer chief Michel Platini have both
been provisionally suspended for 90 days over a suspicious payment
made to Platini, pending a thorough investigation. Both men have
proclaimed their innocence.
Thursday's announcement came a day after officials said German
prosecutors had asked Switzerland to help look into a suspicious
payment linked to Germany's hosting of the 2006 World Cup, including
by sifting through bank data.
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"The justice ministry has recently passed on the request for
administrative assistance from the prosecutor in Frankfurt to the
Swiss attorney generalís office so it can deal with it," Galli said.
"The ... ministry has not received any other requests for
administrative assistance related to FIFA."
(Reporting by Oliver Hirt and Silke Koltrowitz; Writing by Dominic
Evans; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
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