FIFA President Sepp Blatter Face Corruption Problems | FIFA in turmoil as Blatter faces corruption probe
FIFA in turmoil as Blatter faces corruption: The battle for the FIFA presidency was thrown further into turmoil on Friday as football’s governing body announced they have opened a probe for alleged corruption against president Sepp Blatter.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter Face Corruption Problems Blatter will appear before FIFA’s ethics committee on Sunday after claims he knew about alleged cash payments at the centre of an investigation targeting his election rival Mohamed Bin Hammam.
The announcement came two days after Bin Hammam, FIFA vice-president Jack Warner and two Caribbean Football Union officials were summoned to the ethics committee to answer corruption allegations.
Bin Hammam and Warner were targeted after Chuck Blazer, general secretary of regional footballing body CONCACAF, reported possible misdeeds during a May 10 and 11 meeting in Trinidad.
British media reports said Bin Hammam and Warner are accused of offering $40,000 cash gifts to national associations at the Trinidad conference in return for their votes in next week’s presidential election.
FIFA’s statement on Friday said Blatter 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.
Blatter issued only a brief statement on Friday following FIFA’s announcement. “I cannot comment on the proceedings that have been opened against me today. The facts will speak for themselves,” the Swiss powerbroker said. A statement issued by Bin Hammam’s office later Friday said attempts to discredit the Qatari were a “tawdry manoeuvre” that showed “increasing evidence of a conspiracy”.