Geneva: Several members of FIFA's executive committee have already been questioned by the Swiss justice, and president Sepp Blatter could also be quizzed "in the future if needed", a spokesman for the Swiss public prosecutor told AFP yesterday.
"The OAG (Office of the Attorney General) is questioning those FIFA Executive Committee members who are not Swiss residents who voted back in 2010 (when the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar) and are still in office," spokesman Andre Marty told AFP. "The President of FIFA will not be questioned at this point of time. If need be he will be questioned in the future," Marty added.
Seven senior FIFA officials meet these criteria — Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Issa Hayatou (Cameroon), Angel Miguel Villar Llona (Spain), Michel D'Hooge (Belgium), Senes Erzik (Turkey), Marios Lefkaritis (Cyprus), Hany Abo Rida (Egypt) and Vitaly Mutko (Russia). Swiss authorities appear to have prioritised questioned officials living outside Switzerland for practical reasons as they were attending FIFA's Executive Committee meeting in Zurich on Saturday.