FIFA open probe into Blatter

2011-05-27 12:45

Zurich - FIFA announced they have opened an investigation into president Sepp Blatter on Friday as the corruption scandal gripping world football took another extraordinary twist.

A statement from football's governing body said Blatter had been ordered to appear before FIFA's ethics committee on Sunday to respond to claims that he knew about alleged cash payments to Caribbean officials.

The ethics proceedings against Blatter follows a request by Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohamed Bin-Hammam, who is attempting to unseat the FIFA chief at elections in Zurich on June 1.

Friday's announcement came just two days after Bin Hammam, FIFA vice-president Jack Warner and two Caribbean Football Union officials were summoned to the ethics committee to answer corruption allegations.

Bin Hammam and Warner were targeted after Chuck Blazer, general secretary of regional footballing body CONCACAF, reported possible misdeeds during a May 10 and 11 meeting in Trinidad.

The meeting was organised as part of bin Hammam's campaign to drum up support for his presidential bid.

Bin Hammam has strongly denied the allegations and on Thursday called for Blatter to be questioned by the ethics committee, saying the FIFA boss "was informed of, but did not oppose" payments made to Caribbean officials.

FIFA's statement on Friday said Blatter had been summoned to appear before the ethics committee to answer claims that Warner had told him in advance of alleged payments made at the meeting.

The statement continued: "Subsequently, the FIFA Ethics Committee today opened a procedure against the FIFA President in compliance with art. 16 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

"Joseph S. Blatter has been invited to take position by May 28, 2011, 11:00 CET and to attend a hearing by the FIFA Ethics Committee at the Home of FIFA (Zurich) on 29 May 2011."


  • Leviathan - 2011-05-27 12:59

    wow thats a surprise blatter involved in corruption. thanks for stating the obvious. He is probably the most corrupt of the lot. It is amazing wen blatter has some competition, his main rival gets allegations against him. blatter's rule of corruption must come 2 an end. I heard FIFA stil ows SA money.

      MacDaKnife - 2011-05-27 13:04

      He is the Mafia had SA understand threat to showcase the 2010 worldcup. Hope they nail this bugger. You are right still owes South African plenty of money for staging the WC.

      Dundermoose - 2011-05-27 13:12

      Do you really think Blatter is a lone rotten apple?! Mohamed Bin-Hammam is just as dodge - how else did Qatar get the gosting rights for 2022? They are all buy-able!! And it is estimated that 40% of WC tickets on the blackmarket come from FIFA officials! The whole organisation is crooked. I recon they need to disband FIFA and create another governing body. This one's broken!

      clark - 2011-05-27 13:29

      - The man is a common thief . His prime 'goal ' has always been about his own and his family's enrichment - he cares squat for the game of football. Gauranteed Jordaan was also massively enriched from the 2010 WC. Blatter is a smarmy swine - he must get the boot.

      croix - 2011-05-27 13:43

      @Dundermoose - I've previously stated they should start a "parallel" organisation - until THEY too get corrupted, and so on and so on......... Septic Bladder is the worst imo.

      deckland - 2011-05-27 13:53

      always knew soccer was for thugs

  • apie - 2011-05-27 12:59

    Blatter has skid marks on his underpants. Mafioso supremo.

  • AB - 2011-05-27 13:02

    About time!!!!!!

  • Tsotsoma - 2011-05-27 13:02

    investigate all of them. They are a corrupt bunch....

  • Simangaliso-semvelo - 2011-05-27 13:05

    Danny Jordan dreams shuttered again.

  • Matt - 2011-05-27 13:11

    ABOUT TIME!!! Gosh, Sepp Blatter and FIFA make the ANC look above-board

      Innocent - 2011-05-27 13:23

      ANC is the dealing of Africa so talk about the matter in hand

  • Marcell - 2011-05-27 13:12

    That is why he and the ancESTORS are such good buddies!

  • Gorilla - 2011-05-27 13:13

    A surprise? Did anyone ever wonder why he enjoyed the FIFA SWC in SA? - ANC and FIFA. - Saam innie bed.

      Innocent - 2011-05-27 13:24

      ANC are you white better than the DA

      Gorilla - 2011-05-27 13:52

      You know what colour I am? You have a special talent.

  • ANCBlackAngel - 2011-05-27 13:15

    i am sure if you dig deeper you will find sepp blatter accepted money from the south african government to bring the world cup here??? is there anyone in SAFFA of the government that would like to comment and shed more light on my accusations??? please just reply below as we would all love to know the truth???

      Airborne68 - 2011-05-27 13:25

      Your anc, your vision, your future blackangel. Your government.

      Innocent - 2011-05-27 13:25

      Your crazy

  • - 2011-05-27 13:16

    Jeeeez, how long does it take for the penny to drop? This guy and his cronies (including some "prominent" South Africans) have a distinct lack of integrity. After years of creaming it, he is being investigated ... and the investigation will either fizzle out of take so long to conclude that Blatter will be long dead when it makes a finding. Other heads will roll, but Blatter's

      daaivark - 2011-05-27 13:59

      Only as long as it takes to open a pocket for it to fall into.

  • Mchana - 2011-05-27 13:19

    they probably also angry that he took the FIFA world cup to South Africa, bloody agents!!!!

      Innocent - 2011-05-27 13:26

      what is your point

  • Nintendo - 2011-05-27 13:23

    Sepp Blatter is squecky clean ask JZ they are good mates, he must get his day in court

  • Phineas - 2011-05-27 13:24

    These are investigations of allegation. What informs informed you that he is indeed corrupt?

      Mxhuma - 2011-05-27 20:57

      Maybe these ate allegations of investigation - on the other hand!

  • IandI - 2011-05-27 13:25

    wot are you saying! By golly, after ve enjoyed the 2010 Fifa World Cup with ze pepl of Afrique du Sud and now ve are accused of corruption. Bladdy sankless pepl I tell u!

  • Kok - 2011-05-27 13:27

    Give both of them the boot and give the seat to Danny Jordaan.

  • TheWasp - 2011-05-27 13:30

    So Blatter is a member of the ANC then - also on the take? It really gets me ...people with Millions in their account yet they still corrupt...makes you you think how they got there.....Who the hell can you trust these days....seems nobody :( Soccer, Rugby next or is it already happening???

  • Nesomaniac - 2011-05-27 13:30

    No surprise whatsoever! Having read Andrew Jennings' book, "Foul" nothing about this man surprises me and the corrupt organisation that is FIFA. Blatter organised the Wold Cup for SA knowing that he could rake in a fortune from the country - the corrupt bleeding the corrupt!

  • Slapper - 2011-05-27 13:31

    I wonder what will come out about the South African bid? I would imagine it would be as big as the Arms deal, if the tenders for the Stadiums are taken into account.

  • tut - 2011-05-27 13:35

    FIFA/SOCCER/CRICKET/ICC/IPL/SAFA/SARFU/ANC = day to day corruption. Nothing new here.

  • Ingie - 2011-05-27 14:11

    Thought he was too good to be true they are all crooks...the more you have the more yuo want

  • Lezzom - 2011-05-27 14:29

    Oh well. Now that's a turn up. About bloody time they nailed this piece of shit. How can ONE man be allowed to have such power in such an Organisation. The Heads of FIFA must also be held accountable. They should know what their '' employees?'' are up to and not give them carte blanche to run riot. I still say S.A. benefitted squat from the 2010 World Cup. and could have put the money to much better use. But don't worry. Mr Danny Jordaan is happy as are his compatriots. What do we have to show. Empty,derelict stadiums and presumably still a mountain of debt. Oh I forgot. FIFA still owes us. HAH!!! We should all live so long to collect.

  • Lezzom - 2011-05-27 14:32

    Oh I forgot. Who the hell wants to go to Qatar for a World Cup. I'm no fan of England but wowie. Wonder how much ole ''Blattie'' scored from this deal. YOWZAH !!

  • msmodikwa - 2011-05-27 14:49

    As of FIFA and corruption it's an unending story. The two will forever be together till eternity. Haovelange when his regime was toppled it was still the same chorus of corruption. Now that its election time, we are bound to get it on a much louder scale. Why? Aren't there any campaign issues that the aspirants can use.? I mean really?............

  • Yellow1 - 2011-05-27 19:20

    Can anyone of you genius people, the ones who dont supoort ANC because they're intelligent, please tell me what does this have to do with South Africa? Grow up, if you dont like the country leave, we promise to prove you right and make it the next Zim. Aag, sis man, all the illegal immigrants are better patriots for south Africa than you.

  • Neville - 2011-05-27 21:12

    Blatter is part of the FIFA Mafia no one oppose him he will do whatever it takes to stay at the top, it's all about the money

  • CNA-LOL-BS - 2011-05-28 08:28

    Mr Blatter, what goes around comes around.... they should investigate you and Mr Jordaan for corrupt dealings as well - you stole people's bonuses!!!

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