Fifa to re-open ISL court dossier

FIFA president Sepp Blatter today announced the infamous ISL court dossier will be opened and handed to an independent body to study to see if any members should face action.

FIFA have until now blocked the release of the court documents, which identifies FIFA officials said to have received payments from the world body's former marketing partner, but Blatter told a press conference in Zurich that the dossier would now be handed over.

Blatter also announced the creation of three 'task forces' and a good governance committee to drive through reforms of FIFA.

He laid out a two-year timetable for implementing the reforms. On the ISL case, Blatter said: "The executive committee has at my request agreed that in the meeting of December 16/17 we will re-open this file.

"If there are any measures to be taken they will not be taken by the executive committee - it is not the body that can take sanctions or release anyone - so we will give this file to an independent organisation outside of FIFA so they can delve into this file and extract its conclusions and present them to us."

Blatter added: "The court has said there are people involved but no Swiss people only foreign people."

BBC's Panorama programme reported that the court file shows Brazil's FIFA member Ricardo Teixeira and former FIFA president Joao Havelange received payments. Paraguay's FIFA member Nicolas Leoz was named in the court as having received 130,000 US dollars.

Blatter also announced that members of FIFA's 24-man executive committee would be "screened" but he denied that half of the current members were currently fighting corruption allegations.

He said: "The members are elected by the different confederations and in the future we will make a screening of the members.

"I don't accept it when you say half of them are already in a situation when they should not serve, this is definitely not correct.

"Let us work for transparency, let us work for anti-corruption and let us go through the timetable we have now and look forward to how we manage that."

PA

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