Blatter: heads will roll after bribery report

 

Sepp Blatter has admitted that more members of the troubled Executive Committee that oversees Fifa could be forced out of office next month when details of the infamous ISL bribe case are released.

The legal settlement from the collapse a decade ago of the Swiss marketing firm with close to links to football's governing body is believed to name names of senior Fifa members who are alleged to have taken bribes, including Paraguayan Nicolas Leoz. Fifa has promised the settlement will be published when the Ex-co meets in Tokyo next month. Ricardo Teixeira, the Brazilian in charge of the 2014 World Cup and, like Leoz, an Ex-co member, and Cameroon's Issa Hayatou, a Fifa vice-president and another Ex-co member, were accused of accepting bribes by a BBC Panorama programme. Leoz, Hayatou and Teixeira deny the allegations.

When questioned about the probable fallout from publication of the documents, Blatter said: "It does look like some people won't be able to stay on the Executive Committee. We'll do it publicly and we'll ask an independent body to judge the documents."

Blatter also used the interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung yesterday to reiterate the point that no Swiss nationals are listed among those named. "Those who are hunting me and suggesting that Sepp Blatter is on the list are plain wrong," he said. A switch of focus from the 75-year-old Swiss to elsewhere in the embattled governing body is no doubt part of the driving force for his candour – he has so far brazened out Anglo-centric calls for his resignation over his comments on racism in football – and he also denied that he can be blamed for the problems within the 24-strong Ex-co.

He said: "The members are elected by the six confederations. That way I get people in my government from various cultures and social milieus. They also have varying concepts of ethics and morals. I didn't choose them and I can't be held accountable for their actions. I'm the figurehead of this organisation but I'm not a dictator."

Four members of the Ex-co have been banned or quit over the last year. Three are linked with the looming scandal and Worawi Makudi is the subject of an investigation that he improperly used Fifa funding. Blatter said of the Thai, who denies the allegation: "We have asked him for an explanation regarding one of our projects. It's about our money. We received information from Thailand that the project would be constructed on land that we had paid for which apparently already belonged to him."

Blatter also said that the proposed fit and proper person test for Ex-co members will be carried out by the "first quarter" of next year.

Yesterday Emirates, one of Fifa's major sponsors, released a statement saying the company "completely abhors racism" but made no direct mention of Blatter or his comments.

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