February 23, 2016 / 3:23 PM / 4 years ago

Swiss examine 152 suspicious transfers linked to FIFA probe

The sun is reflected in FIFA's logo in front of FIFA's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland November 19, 2015. The head of the Russia 2018 World Cup says Swiss and U.S investigations have not even been in contact and that the competition will go ahead in the country, regardless of what critics may say. FIFA's awarding of 2018 to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar is one of the strands under scrutiny from U.S. and Swiss authorities investigating corruption in the organization. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann - RTS7YMB

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss authorities are reviewing more than 150 reports of suspicious financial activity linked to FIFA’s decision to award Russia and Qatar the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, a spokesman for the attorney general said on Tuesday.

That is up from 133 cases the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) had reported in December.

“As of today, 152 suspicious transaction reports have been filed to the ...(OAG) via the Swiss Financial Intelligence Unit, MROS, in the context of the ongoing criminal proceedings regarding football,” the spokesman said in an emailed statement.

Reporting by Joshua Franklin; editing by John Stonestreet

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