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Blatter: No crisis at FIFA

2011-05-30 20:05

Zurich - FIFA president Sepp Blatter denied soccer's governing body was in crisis on Monday, saying his organisation would solve any "difficulties" internally and that there were no issues with the 2018 or 2022 World Cups.

"Crisis, what is a crisis?," Blatter told a news conference following an executive committee meeting.

"Football is not in a crisis," said Blatter, who is due to stand unopposed for a fourth term as president on Wednesday after his opponent Mohamed bin Hammam withdrew on Sunday amid cash-for-votes allegations.

"We have just seen a beautiful Champions League final with Barcelona, with fair play.

"Football is in some difficulties and they will be solved inside our family."

FIFA has been dogged by corruption allegations since the vote last year to stage the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar respectively, leading to widespread calls for reform.

But Blatter said there were no issues with either tournament.

"The World Cup in 2018 is not touched by that, neither is the 2022 World Cup in Qatar," he said.

Blatter was cleared of any wrongdoing by an ethics committee meeting on Sunday which handed out provisional bans to Bin Hammam and executive committee member Jack Warner, a long-term Blatter ally.

"I regret what has happened in the last few days and weeks, there has been great damage to the image of FIFA and especially a lot of disappointment for football fans," said Blatter.

He said Wednesday's election could only be cancelled with the approval of 75 percent of Congress, which consists of 208 national associations.

"If somebody wants to change something in the election on Wednedsay, these are the members of FIFA," he said.

Blatter also said there was no case to answer against four FIFA executive committee members accused of corruption during a British parliamentary hearing this month.

FIFA received a report from the English Football Association concerning the allegations against Ricardo Teixeira, Nicolas Leoz, Jack Warner and Worawi Makudi.

"We can confirm there are no elements in this report which would even report any proceedings but for the sake of transparency we will agree a comprehensive summary of this report," Blatter said.

He also said there had been no evidence from the Sunday Times newspaper over allegations that Issa Hayatou and Jacques Anouma had been paid to vote for Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid.

"We have not received any evidence whatsoever from the Sunday Times or from any announced whistleblower with regards to allegations against Hayatou and Anouma, therefore the same," he said.

Reuters

Comments
  • Leviathan - 2011-05-30 20:12

    thats right there i no crisis at FIFA. jst as long as u people leave us alone with our corrupt ways then their is no problem. Let us b corrupt then all is good

      Whitey - 2011-05-30 20:30

      Eisch...he isa brother

  • Macho Mike - 2011-05-30 20:20

    I would trust Mugabe before i trusted Spatter Blatter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, sure, there is no crisis looking at the world through your corrupt eyes Mr Blatter.

  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-30 20:31

    No Crisis, solving stuff internally! Does that not sound like another organization that we know of, which we know is also corrupt to the core! They to always goes this route when they are caught out. So the ANC can run world soccer....

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-30 20:54

      You are too obsessed with ANC, get a life and stick to the story.

      Born To Fish - 2011-05-30 21:40

      Not obsessed, but they say exactly the same things. Weird ne!

  • Slapper - 2011-05-30 20:36

    The Slippery Bastard has got out of it again. Worse, the guys who accused him are now under suspension?

  • struth - 2011-05-30 20:48

    Look FIFA has been a corrupt organisation for years. The News of the World actually filmed them taking bribes. That of course lost England the bid. The root of all evil is Splatter himself. Lol he is the only candidate for the election of a new President. By the way I watched the Press Conference. He looked like a drowning man. Switzerland has called for a clean up of FIFA within 6 months, but the whole organisation needs to be disbanded in my opionion and every country who bidded for the 2018 and 2020 should demand their money back. Disgusting state of affairs.

      Rapier - 2011-05-30 23:27

      Well said @struth - the way Soccer is going I would rather watch grass growing.

  • njzm - 2011-05-30 23:27

    A bunch of bureaucrats scratching each other's backs led by a megalomaniac Swiss gnome - rotten to the core and time to be disbanded! They are a disgrace to the beautiful game

  • Chepato - 2011-05-31 04:06

    Blatter resign!!! It's the honorable thing to do. FIFA IS in a crisis under your watch

  • michael.e.bowery - 2011-05-31 06:28

    The only disappointment for soccer lovers is that Blatter is still there!

  • Anton - 2011-05-31 06:36

    There is only one way to respond to Blatter. Soccer fans and soccer administrators the world over, should now turn their back on FIFA. Even if it takes 10 years, to have a clean and respectable World Cup, lets support a new organisation. Lets start , by threatenig to boycot the products of FIFA main sponsors, if they continue to sposor these criminal thugs

  • hertzel - 2011-05-31 07:18

    ...it is so sad....we all lose it at some time BUT it is a shame that Blatter is'nt aware of his own miserable image ...the only saviour is IF the Sponsors get involved NOW

  • GinSA1 - 2011-05-31 08:41

    What corruption?

  • struth - 2011-05-31 09:58

    Heard on Sky last night that two Sponsors namely Coca Cola AND Adidas are considering withdrawing sponsorship from FIFA.

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