Zurich - Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter called on members of world
soccer's governing body to stick together to stamp out corruption in the
wake of the latest scandal to hit the game.
Addressing the FIFA
delegation at Friday's Congress in Switzerland, where members will later
vote to decide the organisation's presidency, Blatter urged the
membership to remain unified.
"Today, I am appealing to unity and team spirit so we can move forward together," he said.
may not always be easy but he we are here together today to tackle the
problems that have been created. We are we are here to solve them."
who has been heavily criticised for not doing enough to combat
corruption in FIFA, is being challenged by Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al
Hussein for the most powerful job in soccer.
His opening address
was briefly interrupted by a female protestor waving a Palestine flag
and shouting at Blatter before being removed.
"I think the important point today is to move ahead and the important point is transparency," Blatter said.
important point is where does FIFA stand in the world. It is the fight
against corruption, against match fixing, racism and discrimination
which we still have and this hurts.
"Lets show to the world we are able to run our institution which is FIFA we can do it together."