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Swiss attorney general blasts investigation into handling of FIFA probe

BERN (Reuters) - Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber on Friday called a disciplinary probe into his conduct in a soccer corruption investigation an attack on his office's independence.

Swiss attorney general says not probing outgoing FIFA president Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's office of attorney general (OAG) said on Tuesday it was not investigating outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who announced he was stepping down in a hastily convened press conference shortly before.

Swiss attorney general says searched UEFA headquarters

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) conducted a search for evidence at the headquarters of European football body UEFA on Wednesday, the OAG said on Wednesday.

U.S. attorney general declines to comment on FIFA probe, Blatter

RIGA (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch declined to comment at a press conference on Wednesday on whether FIFA President Sepp Blatter is under investigation as part of a probe by U.S. authorities into the football organisation.

Swiss authorities ask FIFA for access to suspended general secretary's emails

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's Attorney General Michael Lauber has formally asked FIFA to give investigators access to the email accounts of the global football organization's suspended General Secretary Jerome Valcke."The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has requested FIFA to get access to all email accounts of Jerome Valcke," a spokesman for the office said in an email."These email accounts are under seal by FIFA so far. The OAG has not received access to J. Valcke's email accounts until today due to FIFA sealing them."Valcke, the second-in-command to President Sepp Blatter at FIFA, was put on leave and "released from his duties" last Thursday after allegations he was involved in a plan to re-sell 2014 World Cup tickets at a big mark-up, pending an investigation by the FIFA ethics committee.A source close to FIFA said late on Wednesday in response to questions from Reuters that it was never the organization's intent to withhold Valcke's emails from prosecutors and that it was likely they will be handed over to the Attorney General's office on Thursday. A FIFA spokesperson said: "We are committed to collaborating with the authorities and it is an ongoing process."Access to emails could give Swiss investigators insight into potentially valuable information about Valcke's work, and that of other officials, within the troubled body.Swiss investigators have been looking into FIFA corruption in a parallel probe to that being carried out by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). In May the DOJ indicted 14 football officials and sports marketing executives on a series of corruption-related charges, with seven arrested in Zurich just before a FIFA congress.Valcke, a 54-year-old Frenchman, has been in the job for the past eight years and is the highest profile figure in the corruption-plagued organization to be targeted during the current series of scandals.Ticket dealer Benny Alon produced documents last week claiming there was a deal between his company, JB Sports Marketing, and Valcke. The former Israeli football player said he agreed in 2013 to pay cash to Valcke to secure plum World Cup tickets in Brazil. He said the plan was to then to sell the tickets to fans at a markup and split the proceeds with Valcke, though he added that the deal was never completed."As for JB Sports Marketing, FIFA has delivered information to the OAG," said the spokesman for the OAG.Valcke's lawyer last week "unequivocally" denied the allegations, labelling them as "fabricated and outrageous".The Valcke case was handed over on Thursday to the Investigatory Chamber of FIFA's Ethics Committee and he could face a possible ban from future involvement in the game if he is found to have broken FIFA ethics rules.Lauber said last week that his investigation had so far gathered around 11 terabytes of electronic data and that 121 different bank accounts have been flagged for suspicious activity.The Attorney General also said that his office had conducted house searches in western Switzerland and seized apartments in the Swiss mountains that may have been used to launder money.

Portugal to speed up bribery probe

Portugal's new Attorney General has appointed his assistant to look into reports that referees were offered bribes to influence several Premier League matches.

Afghanistan suspends officials after women's football team abuse investigation

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Attorney General has suspended the head of the Afghan Football Federation after a probe into allegations of sexual abuse of members of the national women's football team, a spokesman for the attorney general said on Sunday.

"Whistleblower" helps Swiss investigation against FIFA's Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) - An important witness has offered information to help criminal proceedings against long-time president of the world soccer body FIFA, Sepp Blatter, the Swiss attorney general's office said on Thursday.

Swiss FIFA inquiry investigates 53 suspicious bank transactions

BERNE (Reuters) - Swiss prosecutors looking into corruption at global football body FIFA have identified 53 suspicious bank transactions, the attorney general said on Wednesday, stressing that the investigation may take time.

Swiss to probe contract signed by FIFA's Blatter - officials

Zurich/New York (Reuters) - The Swiss Attorney General’s Office will investigate a contract for media rights to the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, two Swiss law enforcement officials said over the weekend.