Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fifa crisis deepens as Sepp Blatter goes before ethics committee | Football | The Guardian


Money rules eh Sepp? These guys make the ICC and IOC look like paragons of virtue. FIFA needs to be blown up and reinvented.

As the most senior figures in world football descended on London for tonight's Champions League final, the main topic of conversation was not the clash between Manchester United and Barcelona but the shattered credibility of Fifa.

Blatter was due to attend but it is unclear whether he will make the trip from Zurich in light of the latest allegations. He said: "I cannot comment on the proceedings that have been opened against me. The facts will speak for themselves."

"I think the process is fast descending into a farce," the sports minister Hugh Robertson said. "It's impossible to have a sensible election when both of the candidates have been accused of corruption. The sensible thing would be to suspend the election until these allegations have been properly investigated."

The claims against Blatter mean that 10 of Fifa's 24-man executive committee have now either been found guilty or accused of corruption in the last 12 months.

Fifa's ethics committee was obliged to investigate Blatter under its own code after Bin Hammam claimed the president knew all about alleged payments handed to Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials at a conference on 10-11 May.

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