ZURICH: FIFA election monitor Domenico Scala has urged Sepp Blatter to state clearly he is leaving as president.Scala calls in a statement for “all concerned — including Mr. Blatter” to endorse “unequivocally the announced changing of buy osrs gold the guard at the top of FIFA.”Blatter announced his planned exit on June 2 amid a crisis provoked by American and Swiss federal investigations of corruption.Then, the newly re-elected FIFA leader said he would not be a candidate in a fresh ballot to be held between December and March.However, Blatter has since fuelled speculation he wants to continue at world football’s governing body by saying he technically did not resign.Scala, chairman of FIFA’s independent audit and compliance committee, says Sunday “the times of flirting with the power are definitely gone.” -APSwiss authorities examine FIFA grants | New Straits Times | Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News


LONDON: Swiss authorities are examining development grants made by FIFA around the world as part of their investigation into the sport’s global governing body and its award of World Cup hosting rights for Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, a source familiar with the probe said.In particular, the investigators are looking at how the money was spent and whether there is any falsification of documents, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.


The grants mainly go to national soccer associations and are often earmarked for new soccer pitches and related facilities, or for training programs.The Swiss investigation is running alongside and in cooperation with a US probe that led to the criminal indictment on May 27 of nine current and former FIFA officials and five executives in sports marketing and broadcasting on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges.Information technology specialists from Switzerland’s federal police agency, as well as prosecutors and financial experts, are poring over masses of evidence collected by the office of Switzerland’s Attorney General, the source said.


The evidence includes voluminous internal records, most in digitised form, seized from the offices of FIFA’s President Sepp Blatter, Secretary General Jerome cheap rs gold Valcke and finance and administrative chief Markus Kattner. The source said “almost everything” in Valcke’s office had been seized.Blatter, who announced earlier this month that he was stepping down after 17 years as FIFA president, Valcke and Kattner have not been accused of wrongdoing by the Swiss and US authorities.