Swiss banks have reported suspicious activity on the accounts of world football governing body, FIFA, Switzerland’s attorney general said on Wednesday.

Federal Prosecutor Michael Lauber said at a press conference in Zurich that banks had reported 53 possible cases of money laundering and his office was also analysing a “huge amount” (nine terabytes) of seized data.

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Report says Switzerland is currently investigating how FIFA came to award the World Cups of 2018 and 2022 to Russia and Qatar, respectively.

In a separate investigation led by U.S. authorities, several football officials, including former FIFA executives, have been arrested or faced extradition proceedings on various charges of corruption and conspiracy.

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FIFA President, Joseph Blatter, has promised to resign his office in the scandal-hit organisation when an extraordinary general meeting can be held late 2015 or early 2016 to elect a replacement.

Lauber did not exclude interviewing Blatter or FIFA general secretary, Jerome Valcke, during the course of the investigation but warned a resolution was not near.

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“We are facing a complex investigation with many international implications.

“The prosecution is ongoing and will take time.

“The world of football needs to be patient – by its nature, this investigation will take more than the legendary ’90 minutes,’’ Lauber said.


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