Sepp Blatter, the 84 year-old former president of the international soccer federation, faces a legal case over massive spending at a Fifa museum in Zurich.
About 460 million euros was spent on the museum, with inadequate financial controls, according to Alasdair Bell, Fifa’s current deputy secretary-general.
Bell said on Tuesday: “Given the massive costs associated with this museum, as well as the general way of working of the previous Fifa management, a forensic audit was conducted in order to find out what really happened here.
“That audit revealed a wide range of suspicious circumstances and management failures, some of which may be criminal in nature and need to be properly investigated by the relevant authorities.
“We came to the conclusion that we had no choice other than to report the case to state prosecutors, not least because the current management of Fifa also has fiduciary responsibilities to the organisation and we intend to live up to them, even if those before us dismally failed to.”
Blatter infamously ran Fifa as his own fiefdom over a period of 17 years until he was forced out in 2015.
FILE PHOTO: A sign is seen at the building of the new FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich, Switzerland February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann