Criminal Proceedings Opened Against FIFA President

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Criminal proceedings have been opened against FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Switzerland’s attorney general says Blatter is being investigated on suspicion of criminal mismanagement, and misappropriation. It’s alleged he gave a two million franc “disloyal payment” to UEFA head Michel Platini at the expense of FIFA, for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002. Swiss police have also searched Blatter’s office and seized data as part of their criminal investigation. Blatter was due to speak earlier at a news conference following an executive committee meeting of the organisation, but it was cancelled without explanation only minutes before its scheduled start. FIFA have announced that the 2022 World Cup will be held over just 28 days. The tournament in Qatar will start on November 21st, with the final taking place on December 18th. It means that the Premier League is likely to retain it’s traditional St Stephens Day fixtures. In addition, clubs will only have to release their players to their national teams just a week before the opening match. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho appears to have gone on an extraordinary rant about Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. He didn’t mention him by name – but believes only one manager in the country is able to get away with things without coming under pressure. There’s tension between the two – after more controversial incidents following last weekend’s Premier League game. Mourinho had this to say, seemingly about Wenger [audio_player src=””]