FA chairman Dyke: FIFA in disarray. Cops interviewing Blatter all afternoon


FA chairman Greg Dyke believes FIFA must be in disarray after the opening of criminal proceedings against president Sepp Blatter.

Friday witnessed another chapter in the remarkable recent history of football’s world governing body as Swiss prosecutors took action against the FIFA president.

The Swiss attorney general’s office issued a statement saying Blatter is suspected of criminal mismanagement or misappropriation over a TV rights deal he signed with former Caribbean football chief Jack Warner in 2005.

The FIFA president is also suspected of “a disloyal payment” in 2011 of two millions Swiss francs (£1.35million on current exchange rates) to Michel Platini for work allegedly carried out by the Frenchman between 1999 and 2002.

Blatter and UEFA president Platini both deny wrongdoing but the development – a week after FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke was put on leave and released from duties after allegations he was implicated in a ticketing scandal – has highlighted to FA chairman Dyke the problems facing the sport’s world governing body.

“I know that police have been interviewing Mr Blatter all afternoon,” Dyke told ITV News.

“I understand he has not been charged and that he will, at the moment, continue as president of FIFA, but other than that I don’t know anything.”

Asked whether this development should see Blatter leave FIFA now rather than February, Dyke added: “He hasn’t been charged so I don’t think you can say that.

“What is clear is that FIFA must be in disarray.

“Last week their general secretary got suspended and this week the president is being interviewed by police.”

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