Friday 28 October 2016

Nowhere to hide as Feds target FIFA corruption

FBI and US Justice Department officials have warned FIFA that they are only beginning an aggressive pursuit of potential wrong-doers across the world to get the bottom of what they believe is a global fraud.

And UEFA have moved against Sepp Blatter by calling for tomorrow's scheduled presidential election at the FIFA Congress to be postponed in the face of "deeply rooted corruption" in the game.

"Today's events are a disaster for FIFA and tarnish the image of football as a whole. UEFA is deeply shocked and saddened by them. These events show, once again, that corruption is deeply rooted in FIFA's culture. There is a need for the whole of FIFA to be "rebooted" and for a real reform to be carried out," UEFA said in a statement.

Blatter (left) has not made a public appearance since dawn raids by the Swiss police ended in multiple arrests of key players in the FIFA Executive but he did issue a statement.

"Let me be clear: such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game."

Blatter has not been implicated in the twin investigations currently underway in America and Switzerland. An FBI official said Blatter's fate would "depend on where the investigation goes from here."

"This is the beginning of our effort, not the end," said Kelly T Currie, acting United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York. "We are looking into individuals and entities in a variety of countries."

Swiss employees of FIFA have been told not to leave the country pending further enquiries.


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