Ex FIFA adviser: Blatter faces scrutiny for TV rights deal

ZURICH (AP) Former FIFA anti-corruption adviser Mark Pieth says Sepp Blatter should face a criminal investigation for selling under-valued World Cup television rights to Jack Warner.

Pieth, a Swiss professor of criminal law, says ''Blatter has to defend himself against a form of embezzlement charges.''

Swiss broadcaster SRF has published a Blatter-signed FIFA contract from 2005 that gives the Warner-controlled Caribbean Football Union rights to the 2010 and 2014 World Cups for $600,000.

Warner reportedly sold the rights through a family company for around $20 million.

Now indicted in a U.S. probe of soccer corruption, Warner previously claimed he secured cheap World Cup rights for helping Blatter win presidential elections.

A separate Swiss case targets ''criminal mismanagement'' at FIFA.

Pieth says: ''They have prima facie evidence. That means they have to open an investigation.''