Former FIFA secretary general suspect in criminal case

Former FIFA secretary general Urs Linsi (Eckehard Schulz/AP)

BERN, Switzerland — Swiss authorities say their criminal investigation into FIFA has expanded and former secretary general Urs Linsi is a suspect.

The case relates to Germany’s staging of the 2006 World Cup and a suspicious payment of 6.7 million euros ($7 million) that went through FIFA in 2005 when Linsi was its top administrator.

The office of Switzerland’s attorney general says it conducted house searches relating to Linsi on Nov. 23 "at various locations in the German-speaking part of Switzerland."

Linsi left FIFA in 2007.

Former Germany great Franz Beckenbauer is already a criminal suspect along with three other members of the World Cup organizing committee in the case. The complex trail of the 2005 payment linked FIFA, German organizers and Robert Louis-Dreyfus, the late former head of Adidas.

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