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FIFA Under Fire

Switzerland finds 53 possible cases of FIFA money laundering

On Wednesday, Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber said that his investigation into "criminal mismanagement and money-laundering" at FIFA, soccer's world governing body, had uncovered 53 "suspicious bank relations" relating to FIFA's awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar. He said he has not ruled out interviewing FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Secretary-General Jerome Valcke.

"We are facing a complex investigation with many international implications," and that "will take time," Lauber said, before trying out a soccer joke: "The world of soccer needs to be patient — by its nature, this investigation will take more than the legendary '90 minutes.'"