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Fifa headquarters searched and documents seized

Swiss authorities carried out a search of Fifa's Zurich headquarters on Thursday as they continue their criminal investigation into football's world governing body.

The raid is part of an ongoing probe into Fifa. Credit: PA

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) conducted the search and seized documents and electronic data as part of its probe which initially began into the circumstances surrounding the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

A statement from the OAG read:

As part of the ongoing criminal investigations in the Fifa affair, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) carried out a search of Fifa's headquarters on June 2, 2016 with the aim of confirming existing findings and obtaining further information.

Documents and electronic data were seized and will now be examined to determine their relevance to the ongoing proceedings.

The investigations still relate only to the persons named in earlier statements issued by the OAG and further persons unknown. As proceedings are ongoing, no further information can be given at present.

– OAG statement


FIFA appoints first female secretary general

FIFA appointed its first ever female secretary general on Friday.

New FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura Credit:

Senegalese United Nations official Fatma Samoura was appointed FIFA Secretary General by the FIFA Council, the first woman to hold the prominent position at football's world governing body.

The announcement was made by FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City.

"Fatma is a woman with international experience and vision who has worked on some of the most challenging issues of our time,” President Infantino said.

“She has a proven ability to build and lead teams, and improve the way organisations perform.

"Importantly for FIFA, she also understands that transparency and accountability are at the heart of any well-run and responsible organisation".

Platini has football suspension reduced

Michel Platini has had two years taken off his ban. Credit: PA

Michel Platini's ban from football has been reduced from six to four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Platini, alongside ex-Fifa president Sepp Blatter were originally suspended for eight years by world football's governing body over a two million Swiss francs payment, worth around £1.4m at current exchange rates, made by Blatter to Platini in 2011.

These bans were reduced in February to six years before the latest verdict on Monday.

The Frenchman's lawyer confirmed he would resign from his role as Uefa president in the coming days.

I take note of today's decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport but I see it as a profound injustice.

This decision imposes upon me a suspension which will prevent me, coincidentally, to present myself at the next Fifa presidential election.

As agreed with the national associations, I resign from my position of president of Uefa in order to continue my fight before the Swiss courts to prove my probity in this matter. Life always has nice surprises in reserve, I am henceforth available to live.

– Michel Platini


Webb set for lifetime ban from football

Former Fifa vice president Jeffrey Webb is facing the prospect of a lifetime ban from football after the governing body's Ethics Committee opened proceedings against him.

The ex-Concacaf president pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three counts of money laundering conspiracy in November.

He was reportedly extradited to the United States following his arrest in Switzerland in May 2015.

Jeffrey Webb is in trouble with the law, too. Credit: PA

The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee is chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert and has been recommended to issue a lifelong ban.

The adjudicatory chamber has carefully studied the report of the investigatory chamber, under the chairmanship of Dr Cornel Borbely, and decided to institute formal adjudicatory proceedings against Mr Webb, formerly the President of Concacaf a Vice-President of Fifa, a member of the Executive Committee of the Caribbean Football Union and the President of the Cayman Islands Football Association.

"The final report was transmitted to the adjudicatory chamber on 26 April 2016, with a recommended sanction of a lifelong ban from all football-related activities for violations of articles 13, 15, 18, 19 and 21 of the Fifa Code of Ethics."

– Fifa statement

Fifa open bribery investigation into Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer is under investigation. Credit: PA

Fifa's ethics committee has opened formal proceedings against six individuals, including former World Cup winning coach and player Franz Beckenbauer, over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

Also among the six is Wolfgang Niersbach, the former president of the German Football Federation (DFB).

The others are another former DFB president Theo Zwanziger, Helmut Sandrock and Horst R. Schmidt, who are both former secretary generals of the federation, and its former chief financial officer Stefan Hans.

Blatter fights ban through Court of Arbitration for Sport

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his six-year ban from football-related activities, CAS has announced.

Blatter is fighting his six-year ban from football. Credit: PA

Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini last month had appeal hearings after being punished in December over a £1.3m "disloyal payment" made to the Frenchman.

The pair's suspensions were reduced from eight to six years, with their services to football a mitigating factor, but Platini took his case to CAS and Blatter has, as promised, followed suit.

A CAS statement read:

Joseph S Blatter has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision issued by the Fifa Appeal Committee on February 16, 2016. In his appeal to the CAS, Mr Blatter seeks the annulment of the decision taken by the Fifa appeal committee in which he was suspended from all football-related activities at national and international level for six years.

A CAS arbitration procedure is in progress. First, the parties will exchange written submissions and a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted.

The panel will then issue directions with respect to the holding of a hearing. Following the hearing, the panel will deliberate and at a later date, it will issue a decision in the form of an arbitral award.

– Court of Arbitration for Sport statement
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