Swiss prosecutors consign FIFA museum case to the past

March 30 – Swiss authorities have announced the end of legal proceedings against former FIFA president Sepp Blatter (pictured) over the alleged mismanagement of FIFA’s Zurich museum.

The public prosecutor’s department “has closed criminal proceedings against two former FIFA officials in connection to the FIFA museum,” it said in a statement.

“The investigation did not confirm the suspicion of breach of obligations by way of unfair management.”

FIFA had filed a criminal complaint in December 2020 against Blatter for “criminal mismanagement” over the construction of the museum, a project he spearheaded.

It claimed the museum generated a bill of CHF 500 million that instead “could and should have been channelled into the development of global football”.

However, according to the Zurich public prosecutor, “it was not possible to establish wrongful behaviour.”

In a brief statement, Blatter was quoted as saying that “the case is so clear that no other judgment was to be expected.”

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