Foot­ball - For­mer FIFA sec­re­tary gen­eral is sus­pect in crim­i­nal case

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Swiss au­thor­i­ties say their crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into FIFA has ex­panded and for­mer sec­re­tary gen­eral Urs Linsi is a sus­pect. The case re­lates to Ger­many's stag­ing of the 2006 World Cup and a sus­pi­cious pay­ment of 6.7 mil­lion eu­ros that went through FIFA in 2005 when Linsi was its top ad­min­is­tra­tor. The of­fice of Switzer­land's at­tor­ney gen­eral says it con­ducted house searches re­lat­ing to Linsi on Nov. 23 "at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the Ger­man-speak­ing part of Switzer­land." Linsi left FIFA in 2007. For­mer Ger­many great Franz Beck­en­bauer is al­ready a crim­i­nal sus­pect along with three other mem­bers of the World Cup or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee in the case. The com­plex trail of the 2005 pay­ment linked FIFA, Ger­man or­ga­niz­ers and Robert Louis-Drey­fus, the late for­mer head of Adi­das.

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