Reports: UEFA raided pre-Euros by Swiss police, employees detained

August 6 – Multiple employees of UEFA were detained just months before Euro 2020 and two were arrested for months in a suspected case of corruption. 

The Vaud public prosecutor confirmed “the existence of a criminal investigation, which included a police intervention at UEFA headquarters”.

“Many people, some of them UEFA employees, have been heard.”

“Two defendants – who we remind benefit from the presumption of innocence – have been detained since April 7, 2021. The investigation will continue in the coming months.”

The news was reported by Swiss tabloid Blick and the two detained employees in question were sacked by UEFA. These were junior employees who worked for the organization’s ICT department. The pair have reportedly been released.

UEFA said it “cooperated immediately and fully with the Swiss authorities [when contacted] on this matter. “

It is not the first time that Swiss police has swooped on UEFA’s headquarters. In 2016, they raided Nyon to seize details of a TV rights contract signed by the FIFA  president Gianni Infantion following the Panama Papers leak.

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