WRAPUP 2-Blatter hires counsel as Swiss FIFA probe eyes bank transactions

miércoles 17 de junio de 2015 19:24 GYT

(Adds Blatter hiring attorney, Brazilian soccer chief denying bribe)

* Blatter hires U.S. lawyer - source

* Bank Julius Baer launches internal investigation

* FIFA ethics committee continues own internal probe

* Former head of CBF denies bribe

By Karolin Schaps and Mark Hosenball

BERNE, June 17 (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter, FIFA's embattled president, has hired a high-powered U.S. lawyer to represent him, a source said on Wednesday as a corruption probe engulfs soccer's global governing body with Swiss authorities identifying suspicious bank transactions.

Blatter retained Richard Cullen, the chairman of the law firm McGuireWoods and a former U.S. federal prosecutor, said the person familiar with the matter who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity.

Swiss prosecutors looking into the international soccer scandal identified 53 suspicious bank transactions, the attorney general said on Wednesday, stressing that the investigation may take time.   Continuación...