FIFA issues ‘criminal mismanagement’ complaint against ex-president Sepp Blatter

FIFA has issued a complaint of "criminal mismanagement" against its former president Sepp Blatter, the PA news agency understands.

The complaint has been sent to the Zurich prosecutor, and relates to the involvement of Blatter and other former officials at the world governing body in the FIFA museum project in the same city.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets FIFA President Sepp Blatter 01 March, 2004, during a reception at Buckingham Palace in London to mark the centenary of the governing body of the game around the globe. AFP PHOTO/FIONA HANSON/WPA POOL (Photo credit should read Fiona Hanson/AFP via Getty Images)
FIFA general secretary Sepp Blatter at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
Brazilian superstar Pele (l) raises the arm of Abedi Pele (centre) during the last ever World Cup Qualifying Draw for the Conmebol region, held in New York, USA. General Secretary Sepp Blatter (r) looks on. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/EMPICS via Getty Images)
GENERAL SECRETARY SEPP BLATTER & ROBIN WILLIAMS AT THE WORLD CUP DRAW IN LAS VEGAS, USA (Photo by Neal Simpson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
L-R FIFA's President Joao Havelange & General Secretary Sepp Blatter huddle round the World Cup Trophy (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
French Organizing committee (CFO) co-chairman, Michel Platini (L), French President Jacques Chirac (C) and newly elected FIFA president, Sepp Blatter of Switzerland, pose for photographers 10 June at the Stade de France in Saint Denis before the opening ceremony of the 1998 Soccer World Cup. (Photo credit should read ERIC CABANIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Carla Overbeck (C) holds up the World Cup trophy along with the rest of the US team after beating China to win the 1999 Women's World Cup 10 July 1999 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. With her is FIFA President Sepp Blatter. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Hector MATA (Photo by HECTOR MATA / AFP) (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP via Getty Images)
Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat poses with FIFA president Sepp Blatter (L) and his top advisor Michel Platini in the West Bank town of Ramallah 05 November 1999. Blatter and Platini are in the Palestinian territories on a two-day visit. / AFP / JAMAL ARURI (Photo credit should read JAMAL ARURI/AFP via Getty Images)
Rivaldo of Brazil and Barcelona (c) receives the FIFA World Player of the Year Award Trophy in Brussels from FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter (r) watched by George Best (l), who received David Beckham's runners up prize (Photo by Tony Marshall/EMPICS via Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JULY 06: FIFA ENTSCHEIDUNG - VERGABE WM 2006, Zuerich; DEUTSCHLAND IST AUSRICHTER DER WM 2006; Sepp BLATTER, Franz BECKENBAUER (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Bongarts/Getty Images)
FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter presents France captain Marcel Desailly with the FIFA Confederations Cup trophy after defeating Japan 1-0. (Photo by Matthew Ashton/EMPICS via Getty Images)
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FIFA President Sepp Blatter holds a Celtic shirt before the start of the game between Celtic and FK Teplice (Photo by Matthew Ashton/EMPICS via Getty Images)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter congratulates former South African President Nelson Mandela after South Africa were awarded the host nation for the 2010 World Cup (Photo by Adam Davy/EMPICS via Getty Images)
Munich, GERMANY: The FIFA President Sepp Blatter (L) poses with the World cup Mascott Goleo during the inauguration of the World Cup International Broadcasting Centre, 06 June 2006 in Munich three days ahead of the opening of the World Cup football in Germany. AFP PHOTO LLUIS GENE. (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)
Stuttgart, GERMANY: FIFA president Sepp Blatter (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) are seen at the start of the third-place playoff 2006 World Cup football match between Germany and Portugal at Stuttgart's Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium, 08 July 2006. AFP PHOTO / OLIVER LANG (Photo credit should read OLIVER LANG/AFP via Getty Images)
New Delhi, INDIA: Indian Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat (L) shakes hands after presenting a gold turban to Federation of Association Football (FIFA) President Sepp Blatter (R) during the 70th anniversary celebrations of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in New Delhi, 17 April 2007. Shekhawat is the chief guest of the AIFF celebration. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Athens, GREECE: AC Milan's forward Filippo Inzaghi receives his medal from former French player and president of the UEFA, Michel Platini, as Fifa's president Sepp Blatter looks on after the Champions League final football match against Liverpool at the Olympic Stadium, in Athens, 23 May 2007. AC Milan won 2-1. AFP PHOTO / MUSTAFA OZER (Photo credit should read MUSTAFA OZER/AFP via Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - DECEMBER 17: Pele (C) receives the Presidents Award from FIFA President Sepp Blatter (R) and Sir Bobby Charlton during the FIFA World Player of The Year Gala 2007 at the Zurich Opera House on December 17, 2007 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Manchester Uninted British coach Sir Alex Ferguson receives the FIFA Presidential Award from FIFA president Sepp Blatter (R) during the FIFA ballon d'or ceremony on January 9, 2012 at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (right) in the stands during the Womens Football, First Round, Group E match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
Philipp Lahm (C) receives his trophy for the best player of the tournament by King Mohammed VI of Morocco (L) and FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter after winning the FIFA Club World Cup final soccer match 2-0 against Raja Casablanca in Marrakesh, Morocco, 21 December 2013. Photo: David Ebener/dpa | usage worldwide (Photo by David Ebener/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) embraces Federal International Football Association President Sepp Blatter as International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (L) looks on at an event welcoming IOC members ahead of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics at the Rus Hotel on February 4, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. AFP PHOTO/POOL/DAVID GOLDMAN (Photo credit should read DAVID GOLDMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
French actor Gerard Depardieu (L) arrives with FIFA President Sepp Blatter for the screening of the film "United Passions" at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) shakes hands with FIFA president Sepp Blatter (R) after receiving the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or award for player of the year during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (Foreground-L) shakes hands with UEFA president Michel Platini after being re-elected following a vote to decide on the FIFA presidency in Zurich on May 29, 2015. Sepp Blatter won the FIFA presidency for a fifth time after his challenger Prince Ali bin al Hussein withdrew just before a scheduled second round. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZER / AFP / MICHAEL BUHOLZER (Photo credit should read MICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP via Getty Images)
FIFA president Sepp Blatter looks on with fake dollars note flying around him thrown by a protester during a press conference at the football's world body headquarter's on July 20, 2015 in Zurich. FIFA said Monday that a special election will be held on February 26 to replace president Sepp Blatter. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
Former president of World football's governing body FIFA, Sepp Blatter speaks to a journalist as he arrives at the building of the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland to a hearing summoned by Swiss prosecutor on September 1, 2020 in Bern. - Blatter and former UEFA president Michel Platini each face interrogation from the Swiss public prosecutor this week as part of the of the proceedings opened in 2015 over a 2011 payment of 2 million Swiss francs. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
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In documents seen by the PA news agency, FIFA states: "Following a detailed review of historic facts and circumstances concerning the construction and on-going operational costs of the FIFA Museum, FIFA has become aware of many serious irregularities regarding this project, which raise strong suspicions of criminal misconduct on the part of various different officials and companies associated with the matter.

"As a result, FIFA is now duty-bound to refer the matter to the Zurich prosecutor's office for further investigation and, if necessary, prosecution.

"The criminal complaint filed by FIFA is directed against various members of the former FIFA management, including former president Joseph Blatter, as well as further 'unknown' potential suspects. It is suspected that these individuals may have been involved in various acts of criminal mismanagement, and possibly other related offences."

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