FA chairman questions KPMG’s audit role in FIFA corruption scandal

FA CHAIRMAN Greg Dyke has expressed delight at the resignation of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and called for a full scale investigation into the “cloud of corruption” surrounding football’s governing body and questioned the role of its auditors KPMG Switzerland.

Dyke has called for a probe into payments totalling $10m (£7m) paid from FIFA to an account controlled by former vice president Jack Warner, which lies at the centre of a US Department of Justice (DoJ) investigation into alleged corruption at FIFA.

The football organisation, currently reeling from the arrests of several its senior personnel by the FBI on bribery and corruption charges, confirmed last week that its audit and compliance committee had agreed to keep the Swiss firm on as auditors for 2015-2018.

The DoJ has accused the individuals of abusing their positions to “engage in schemes involving the solicitation, offer, acceptance, payment, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, bribes, and kickbacks”.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Dyke said: “Someone should go to the auditors (KPMG) and say, ‘Hang on, where actually did that come from and go to. Where is it in accounts? Did you know about this?’ Respectable auditors will not like being involved in this sort of stuff.”

In an interview with BBC Sport last night about Blatter’s resignation, the former director general of the BBC, said: “It’s great news for football. It’s long overdue and good news for world football. It now means we can get someone in to run FIFA and find out where all the money has gone over all those years.”

A KPMG Switzerland spokesman told Accountancy Age: “As FIFA’s statutory auditor, we are bound by professional confidentiality and have to refrain from any comment regarding our client.”

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