Swiss Find 152 Suspicious Banking Transactions in Soccer Probe

  • U.S., Swiss looking at corruption at sport's governing body
  • Swiss attorney general previously disclosed 133 such reports

Switzerland’s Attorney General is looking at 152 reports of suspicious financial transactions found by the country’s anti-money laundering office as part of a probe into corruption in soccer, a disclosure that comes days before the sport’s governing body meets to approve reforms and elect a new president.

The updated figure given by the federal prosecutor’s office Tuesday compares to 133 reports tallied by December, suggesting that officials investigating the award of the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cups to Russia and Qatar are gaining evidence. A separate probe by the U.S. Department of Justice into corruption at FIFA has yielded more than a dozen arrests and may produce more.

FIFA’s 200-plus national delegates are expected in Zurich this week to vote on reforms including term limits and pay disclosure for top officials to improve the transparency of the organization. The FIFA congress will culminate Friday with a vote to name a new president to replace Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, himself the subject of a Swiss government investigation.

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