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Five years to the day after he decided to hand over "His mandate available", the former president of the International Football Federation (FIFA) Sepp Blatter has been partially cleared by Swiss justice. According to our information, the former Swiss boss of world football (1998-2015) was informed, Tuesday, June 2, that the investigation targeting him since 2015 for a controversial contract signed in 2005 with the Caribbean Football Union (UCF) ) was closed by the prosecution of the Swiss Confederation (MPC), according to a classification order dated May 22.

"It's a great day, the survey ranking is official", entrusts to World Sepp Blatter, 84. Contacted, his lawyer, Lorenz Erni, declined to comment. For its part, the MPC confirmed to World the ranking of this survey.

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"Unfavorable contract with FIFA"

April 10, The world had revealed that the Swiss public prosecutor's office had announced in March, by mail, to Mr. Blatter his will to close one of the two parts of the criminal proceedings opened against him, in September 2015, for "Suspicions of unfair management and breach of trust".

This investigation concerns the signing, in 2005, by Mr. Blatter of a “Unfavorable contract with FIFA” – and terminated by the Federation in 2011 – which granted the television rights for the 2010 and 2014 Worlds to the Caribbean Football Union (UCF), then led by the Trinidadian Jack Warner, suspended for life by FIFA and charged with corruption by the American justice.

The case was relaunched on April 29 when the Associated Press agency reported a report by the Swiss police, the conclusions of which indicate "Clearly that suspicion (unfair management and breach of trust) of MPC against Blatter in 2015 were well founded ".

In the summary of this report, to which The world had access, the federal police reproach in particular Mr. Blatter "To have accepted that Mr. Warner is illicitly enriched at the expense of FIFA" notably by canceling, in 2011, a debt of 3.78 million dollars from the Caribbean Union, to the prejudice of FIFA.

On May 2, FIFA told World she has "Submitted official requests to the public prosecutor's office of the Swiss Confederation, strongly insisting" so that the criminal investigation against his former leader "Continues". She was unsuccessful. The court has ten days to appeal the MPC’s decision to close the investigation before the federal criminal court in Bellinzona.

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