Switzerland’s chief economic crimes prosecutor Olivier Thormann was suspended last week while leading an investigation into corruption linked to FIFA, the Swiss Office of the Attorney General said on Friday.
It was unclear how Thormann’s suspension is to affect the integrity of ongoing criminal proceedings.
Soccer officials under criminal suspicion include former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer and Nasser al-Khelaifi, chairman of Paris Saint-Germain and Qatar-owned BeIN Media Group.
“This decision is based on a risk assessment which focuses, in particular, on protecting [the office] as an institution and protecting the criminal proceedings it leads,” the office said in a statement.
Thormann was the subject of complaints filed in late September and was suspended by his employers “in order to clarify the situation.”
He did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment.
The agency gave no details why Thormann was suspended, but said it related to the four-year investigation of FIFA and international soccer officials.
Beckenbauer and other organizers of the 2006 World Cup are linked to a suspicious payment of 6.7 million euros (US$7.6 million).
Thormann’s suspension comes days after Swiss daily Tages-Anzeiger reported a possible conflict of interest between another Swiss prosecutor and FIFA president Gianni Infantino, a childhood friend.
The prosecutor in Infantino’s home region, Rinaldo Arnold, offered to mediate between Bern and FIFA, and attended a 2016 meeting Infantino had with Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber.
Lauber’s office said the suspension was not linked to reports about Infantino and Arnold arising from the “Football Leaks” documents.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
TAIWANESE TO PLAY: Jason Jung faces Frederico Coria in the men’s singles first round today, while in the women’s singles, Hsieh Su-wei is to take on Barbara Haas Novak Djokovic is to renew his love-hate relationship with Roland Garros in the knowledge that it is himself rather than seemingly unsettled 12-time champion Rafael Nadal who could pose the greatest threat to winning a second Paris title and 18th Grand Slam crown. The only man to beat Djokovic this year is Djokovic after the Serb’s hair-trigger temper prompted a sensational disqualification from the US Open. The 33-year-old arrives in the French capital with a 31-1 record this year after his New York brain-fade was followed by a record 36th Masters title in Rome. Djokovic’s 2016 triumph at Roland Garros allowed him to
Taiwan’s Jason Jung was knocked out of the first round of the French Open in straight sets on Sunday, while Andy Murray said it was going to be “difficult” for the former world No. 1 to reach his level of old after he also fell to a lopsided defeat by fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. Jung fell to a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) defeat to Argentina’s Federico Coria in 3 hours, 19 minutes at Roland Garros, despite hitting 55 winners. Jung served for both the first and second sets, then failed to convert two set points at 5-4 in
Michael Schumacher’s son Mick said that the prospect of Lewis Hamilton equaling the Ferrari great’s all-time record of 91 wins has given him something to aim for when he gets to Formula One. Hamilton, who replaced Michael Schumacher at Mercedes in 2013, can take his 91st victory in today’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi — a race he has won four times previously. “One sentence my dad always used to say was: ‘Records are there to be broken.’ It’s everybody’s aim in this sport to do that,” Formula Two championship leader Mick Schumacher said on Friday. “I think Lewis had a very, very