Swiss open criminal case against fired FIFA official Valcke

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 3:25 p.m. ET

BERN, Switzerland (AP) Switzerland's attorney general has opened a criminal case against former FIFA official Jerome Valcke ''on suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement.''

The Swiss federal office says it ''conducted searches and interviews'' on Thursday but did not arrest Valcke.

The case was opened ''in response to two criminal complaints in which allegations were made'' following a FIFA ethics committee investigation.

FIFA banned Valcke from soccer for 12 years last month. He was accused of various charges of unethical behavior while working as FIFA secretary general since 2007.

The Frenchman was accused of destroying evidence during the FIFA inquiry.

FIFA fired Valcke in January.