Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Blatter says FIFA faces 'more bad news'

28 May 2015, 20:54

Zurich - FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Thursday that the scandal-tainted football body faces "more bad news" and that officials accused of corruption had brought shame and humiliation on the organisation.

Blatter did not raise the many calls made for him to resign or Friday's election, as he opened FIFA's annual congress one day after seven top football officials were arrested as part of a US corruption inquiry.

Also read: Blatter meets heads of six FIFA confederations - source

"The next few months will not be easy for FIFA. I am sure more bad news will follow but it is necessary to begin to restore trust," Blatter told the congress.

"We cannot allow the reputation of football and FIFA to be dragged through the mud any longer. It has to stop here," he added.

Blatter called the scandals "unprecedented" and said the "actions of individuals bring shame and humiliation on football and demand action and change from us all".

"The events of yesterday have cast a long shadow over football and over this week's congress."

The football president said FIFA cannot be an "exception" to rules on corruption and added "we will cooperate with all authorities to make sure that anyone involved in wrongdoing from top to bottom will be discovered and punished."

In his address, IOC boss Thomas Bach urged FIFA to co-operate fully with US authorities to shed 'full light' on the corruption allegations facing football's governing body.

Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), acknowledged these are 'sad and difficult days' for FIFA and said Blatter's organisation must cleanse itself of any wrong-doings.

"I would very much like to encourage you to continue and strengthen your co-operation with the relevant authorities to shed full light on the concerned methods and to take all necessary measures to address such grave allegations," said Bach.

"The IOC knows from its experience that this fight is challenging and can be very painful.

"We also know there is no other way to ensure credibility, we have seen this in business, in politics and society."

Despite the storm, Blatter is favourite to win a fifth term in a vote at the congress on Friday. His only challenger is Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan, a FIFA vice president, who has called for widespread reforms.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...