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FIFA clear Sepp Blatter

2011-05-29 19:58

Zurich - The FIFA ethics committee suspended one-time presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam and FIFA vice-president Jack Warner on Sunday while clearing FIFA president Sepp Blatter of corruption.

The committee, chaired by Namibian Petrus Damaseb, heard 62-year-old Qatari bin Hammam, Warner and Blatter during a dramatic day which had started with bin Hammam withdrawing from the presidential election in which he was Blatter's sole opponent.

The FIFA presidential election will go ahead as planned on June 1, announced FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke after the ethics committee announced its findings.

"Both bin Hammam and Warner were provisionally banned from future activity in football while a full investigation is carried out" announced Damaseb.

"There, they can confront their accusers.

"The critical consideration is to ensure the investigation is not compromised."

Bin Hammam, Warner and two Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials had been summoned to the ethics committee to answer corruption allegations but the two CFU officials failed to appear despite FIFA offeirng to fly them in at their own expense.

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

Bin Hammam and Warner were accused of offering $40,000 in cash gifts to national associations at the Trinidad conference in return for their votes in the presidential election.

Blatter, 75, 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.

He strongly denied that and his version of events was accepted by the ethics committee.

AFP

Comments
  • Ian Ross - 2011-05-29 20:07

    Thank goodness it was all just malicious rumours that world football was being governed by corrupt people. I guess we can now look forward to another four years of visionary leadership from Mr Blatter.

      Ldn_saffa - 2011-05-29 20:48

      @Ian - Not sure if you're being very sarcastic or you're just extremely nieve??

      Grayman - 2011-05-29 21:41

      Yes Ian, and hopefully he can do something to make the game safer. I am SO worried about how many injuries these poor soccer players sustain. And I am so glad he is putting a stop to the TV refs. We just can't have technology spoiling a perfectly good cheat now can we?

      Leviathan - 2011-05-30 00:08

      the new law states that if ur accused of corruption u cannot b found guilty. But all u guys could for see this happening, the ethics commitee r sepps big buddies 2. It seems corruption pays. the corrupt regime carries on. Sepp wil even giv Zim to host WC if the money is right

      Anton - 2011-05-30 06:29

      Visionary ??? Every tourist related buisness in SA is still licking its wounds for the ,,success,, this 2010 SWC has been for them. If it is a hotel group, tour leaders, local airlines, tour bus companies, tourists shops, restaurants, taxi drivers etc etc, EVERYBODY suffered.................! ! Now we are sitting here with the bills for our SWC, which we cannot pay, upgrading of our airports, an unnecessarily new airport in Durban , new (toll) roads all over the country, stadions ( white elephants )costing us billions , scattered all over the country etc etc Visionary ! ! Yes , seeing to it, , that the 2010 SWC, was the most profitable WC , FIFA ever had, making billions of dollars, which ended up in Zurich.................

      clark - 2011-05-30 08:22

      - What a farce !

  • PMG - 2011-05-29 20:09

    Shew,that was very,very quick.

      Little Jim - 2011-05-30 04:42

      Sepp Blatter is a buffoon and a fat corrupt one too. Just because he wasnt found guilty by a bunch of his pals doesnt mean he isnt.

  • Lump of coal - 2011-05-29 20:12

    So the head thief has concluded there is no corruption at his level and suspended the threats !!!! Sounds like ANC politics FIFA style ??

  • MANTOMAN - 2011-05-29 20:16

    eish this Blatter guy survived....kanjani mara yee?

  • pure.black - 2011-05-29 20:21

    Blatter is the iron duke, no one can take him down......he is the general of "THE COMPANY"

  • Pulverturm - 2011-05-29 20:27

    LOL, did anyone watch the speech? One of the dudes said "Oh Sh*t" on CNN and Reuters! The whole world heard it hahaha. Which broadcasting complaints commision do we complain to for that little blunder?

  • Ldn_saffa - 2011-05-29 20:35

    Ha Ha Ha this is such a joke!! FIFA investigate themselves and come up with this conclusion?! Its like letting the MAFIA investigate themselves for fraud and corruption!! Actually! Why dont they just change their name to the "maFIFiA" ??

  • Larry Laffer - 2011-05-29 20:36

    Well of course he was cleared.....

  • geco - 2011-05-29 20:39

    I wonder if jukskei has the same kinda sh*t happening??

  • clark - 2011-05-29 20:41

    - The words ethics and FIFA simply cannot be used in the same sentence. FIFA is the antithesis of ethical behaviour and conduct - these grey headed old tossers have been ripping the football world off for years. They are a disgrace to the game.

  • Rodney Emmerich - 2011-05-29 20:44

    Thank goodness it was all impartial , totally objective & 100% unbiased . I just knew that terrible smell was coming from somewhere else LOL

  • balderdash - 2011-05-29 20:56

    "The FIFA presidential election will go ahead as planned on June 1..." Ha, ha, ha! And with how many candidates, pray?

  • Richard - 2011-05-29 21:08

    So Mohamed bin Hammam and Jack Warner had a visit from an unknown person during the night to tell them, if you want to live........ and Fifa ethic committee are so quick in putting this behind it is too funny. The prob sent the man in the middle of the night.

  • Benzo - 2011-05-29 21:09

    Old Sep certainly has things under control. Anyway, with a name like Mohamed you might not get very far in the EU community. Sorry guys, can't swim against tides.

  • Andrew - 2011-05-29 21:25

    Talk about a COVER UP!!! As transparent as Mud...but I think this is not going to go away so easily.

  • cristiano.cerca - 2011-05-29 21:57

    This dude needs to retire too...

  • cristiano.cerca - 2011-05-29 21:57

    This dude need to retire too

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