Football’s governing organisation is based in the central European country…
Switzerland is poised to bring in a law that could be used to target corrupt FIFA officials, reports the Times.
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Swiss MPs are expected to agree to bring in legislation that will allow executives of sporting organisations to be prosecuted for corruption. The law is known as Lex FIFA, and increases the scrutiny on sports officials’ finances as Swiss banks will have to ensure that any funds that they receive do not come from suspicious origins.
Another part of the law means that the organisations come under money laundering rules drawn by the Paris based Financial Action Task Force. Up until now sports bodies had been exempt in the neutral nation.
The campaign for this action has been running since 2010, and is led by MP Roland Buchel. He is worried that the corruption headlines are tarnishing his country’s reputation.
This most recent action with regards to the campaign comes as controversy reigns over FIFA’s decision to hold the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar. The Qatari decision is especially contentious as is could force a move from summer to winter for the competition.