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Blatter must 'clean up' FIFA

2011-08-27 07:41

Berlin - FIFA boss Sepp Blatter needs to take responsibility for everything that is happening inside world soccer's governing body or risk a "revolution", Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Friday.

"The FIFA president needs to take responsibility for what is happening in his shop," Rummenigge told Swiss Bilanz magazine. "It is up to him to make sure that everything is done correctly, seriously and in a clean way.

"(Ousted Egyptian President) Hosni Mubarak did also not imagine a year ago that he would be chased out of office."

In recent months, FIFA has been mired in corruption allegations relating to the selection of future World Cup hosts and its presidency.

Blatter, 75, who won a fourth term in June, has pledged to crack down on any wrongdoing and to set up a watchdog.

"Blatter does not have a good image. I sense that in countries where he is seen critically, fans have a big problem with him," said Rummenigge.

Rummenigge, who also heads the European Club Association (ECA), urged Blatter to start reforms or risk splitting the world of soccer.

"(He must push through reforms) before they are being done by his successor or before a revolution from outside arrives. Because an outside revolution will surely cause irritation and problems," he said.

"FIFA and (European federation) UEFA need the clubs to stage a World Cup or a Euro (championship). But the clubs do not need them. Theoretically we can play Bundesliga and Champions League without the federations."

Reuters

Comments
  • Nesomaniac - 2011-08-27 08:20

    Blatter doesn't know the meaning of the word 'clean'!

  • Ockert - 2011-08-27 09:03

    How can the person responsable for the problems be the cleaner ?

  • FerretGee - 2011-08-27 09:09

    That's like asking Shabir Shaik to be honest about his terminal illness!!

  • Epicurius - 2011-08-27 10:50

    He is quite capable of cleaning up FIFA. He can open up Word and type a resignation letter.

      Alf - 2011-08-27 12:03

      Epiqurius - It would be great, but it will not happen. He will stick to his job like the proverbial s..t to a wet blanket. I wonder who taught who - The South African government to Sepp Blatter, or Sepp Blatter to our government, im particular JZ during one oftheir hand holding moments!?

  • realist - 2011-08-27 11:01

    Blatter=mafia.

  • Freddie - 2011-08-27 11:07

    Blatter couldn't care less. He and his family have made a fortune and he will be lucky to live out his term, but he'll do it in luxury and at FIFA's, for FIFA read the football supporters of the world, expense.

  • Not Black - 2011-08-27 12:05

    I am shocked at KHR. Surely he should know that Sepp Blatter is also a BIG PROBLEM in the FIFA Corruption set up. Come on KHR, rather demand an outside unbaised body to do so. But then again, Sepp Blatter will get to them as well. This guy SB will die at the helm of FIFA, similar to that other despot, Samaranch of Olympic IOC. Actually the top 12 European Nations in FIFa must resign, and demand SB to suspension , then begin the investigations.

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