The British bank Barclays has opened an internal investigation to verify whether its accounts were used to hide suspicious transactions in the scandal involving FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, according to a source close to the matter.
The names of Barclays and its British rivals, Standard Chartered and HSBC, were cited in the proceedings initiated by US authorities for the alleged large-scale corruption within the powerful soccer institution. A spokesman for Barclays declined to comment on the launch of the investigation, two days after the re-election of Joseph Blatter for the presidency of the International Football Federation (FIFA).
Standard Chartered announced on Friday that it was investigating two transactions that were done using its accounts according to the American state department. “We will not make any further comment at this time”, said a bank spokesman.
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