Switzerland to quiz Interpol on FIFA donation



BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland’s government plans to ask Interpol whether the agency’s independence is affected by accepting a $29 million donation from FIFA.

Responding to a lawmaker’s request, the Swiss federal council promises to raise the issue at Interpol’s general assembly. FIFA is funding Interpol for a 10-year project in Singapore to help tackle match-fixing.

The seven-member federal council includes Micheline Calmy-Rey, Switzerland’s president who rebuked FIFA at its congress in Zurich last week.

Calmy-Rey advised FIFA to “take seriously the many criticisms voiced about corruption and a lack of transparency” after a series of scandals.

Her government is currently reviewing Swiss-based sports bodies’ exemptions from anti-corruption business laws.