Dutch FA: Blatter must quit
Sepp Blatter (AFP)
The Hague - The head of the Dutch football association has on Tuesday publicly called
on FIFA president Sepp Blatter to stand down as the world governing
body battles corruption accusations.
Michael van Praag, head of the KNVB, said he challenged Blatter when he appeared before the European confederation UEFA.
is expected to use his appearance before the FIFA Congress on Wednesday
to announce that he will stand for a fifth four-year term in 2015
despite saying in 2011 that he would not stand again.
told us at the microphone that he has changed his mind, as any human
being has the right to do. He confirmed that he had said that this would
be his last mandate but that he changed his mind," van Praag said after
"I then said at the microphone: 'I like you a lot,
there is nothing personal here, but the reputation of FIFA is today
inextricably linked to corruption. FIFA has a president. You are
responsible, you should not stand again."
Blatter was given a
standing ovation when he spoke before the African, Asian and North
American-Caribbean confederations on Monday. "This time, before UEFA, he
did not get it," van Praag said.
Blatter, 78, has been FIFA's
president since 1998. The governing body is currently embroiled by
accusations that Qatar paid for votes when FIFA chose Qatar to host the
2022 World Cup. The growing scandal has threatened to taint the opening
of the latest World Cup in Sao Paulo on Thursday.
In an earlier
interview with Dutch newspaper Volkskrant, van Praag said: "FIFA's image
has deteriorated because of everything that's happened in recent
"Few people still take FIFA seriously and however you look at it, Blatter is mainly responsible," Van Praag added.