FIFA Shares Results of Investigation and Tries to Turn the Page

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Nearly two years after a sweeping corruption case first felled top leaders of FIFA, the Swiss-based governing body for international soccer announced on Friday that it had cataloged its officials’ wrongdoing and delivered the results of a 22-month internal investigation to government authorities.

The investigation, undertaken by two prominent law firms in 2015, drew on millions of documents and interviews with current and former employees. Among those interviewed was Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s longtime president who stepped down amid scandal, his lawyer confirmed.

In recent days, FIFA said, the organization turned over the last in a series of inquiry reports — totaling 1,300 pages, with an additional 20,000 pages of supplementary evidence — to Switzerland’s office of the attorney general.

Swiss prosecutors, who have named Mr. Blatter and his former top deputy, Jérôme Valcke, as subjects of a criminal investigation, are expected to share the information with the United States Justice Department, which led international scrutiny of FIFA by charging dozens of soccer officials, businessmen and companies with racketeering, money laundering, wire fraud and bribery in 2015.

In its announcement, FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, seemed eager to turn the page on one of the darkest chapters in its history.

“FIFA committed to conducting a thorough and comprehensive investigation of the facts so we could hold wrongdoers within football accountable and cooperate with the authorities,” Mr. Infantino said. “FIFA will now return its focus to the game.”

The American and Swiss investigations are, however, continuing — deconstructing schemes spanning decades to which more than a dozen have confessed….

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