FIFA's Sepp Blatter Apologizes for World Cup Votes-For-Sale Scandal
October 19, 2010
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has just published a letter that he wrote to the 24 member executive committee of the governing body of football/soccer.In the letter, Blatter issued an apology for the scandal that has engulfed FIFA amid revelations from the Sunday Times of Britain that Amos Adamu of Nigeria and Reynald Temami of Tahiti were involved in selling their votes.
He mentioned about how the scandal has affected in a negative way the organization and the voting process.
Blatter also ordered the investigation on an immediate basis in cooperation with the Ethics Committee and the Secretary General.
He closed the letter by asking the 24 member executive committee not to make any comments in public during the period.
I would like to congratulate Sepp Blatter on his immediate response to a problem that could damage the organization, the sport and the election process of the World Cup.
While I would welcome an investigation, I am also welcoming an open election process. If there were any officials involved in any wrong doing, they should be punished according to the rules of the FIFA Constitution.
We cannot tolerate any forms of misbehavior from the officials to athletes who violate the rules of FIFA. I also hope that the countries who have presented their candidacies do not have any negative impact from the scandal.
England, Russia, Spain/Portugal and Holland/Belgium are in competition for the 2018 tournament, while the USA, Australia, Qatar, Japan and Korea are the candidates for 2022.