FIFA plan anti-corruption committee
Published : 02 Jan 2011 17:30:05Rss feed
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has revealed world football's governing body are to form an anti-corruption committee.
Blatter's plans follow a difficult year for FIFA which saw allegations of corruption over World Cup hosting votes result in executive committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii being banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity. Blatter has now revealed FIFA will put together an anti-corruption body aimed at improving the image of world football's governing body.
"This committee will strengthen our credibility and give us a new image in terms of transparency," Blatter is reported by BBC Sport to have told Swiss newspaper Sonntags Zeitung. "I will take care of it personally, to ensure there is no corruption at FIFA."
There were also claims of collusion between World Cup bidding nations Spain/Portugal and Qatar - although they were cleared by FIFA.
The committee will reportedly consist of up to nine members from both the world of sport and beyond. Blatter will not be among the committee members himself.
While Adamu and Temarii's suspensions drew the main headlines, FIFA's investigation revealed more widespread concerns with four other officials - all former executive committee members - also banned.
Nigeria's Adamu became the first FIFA member ever to be suspended for bribery when he was suspended for three years and fined 10,000 Swiss francs by the body's ethics committee, though he vowed to appeal.
Adamu was found guilty of asking for money in return for his World Cup vote after he asked undercover Sunday Times investigators to channel cash for a project through a family company.
Fellow executive committee member Temarii, of Tahiti, was suspended for a year and fined 5,000 Swiss francs for breaching rules on loyalty and confidentiality, something he also denied.
The other officials sanctioned were Ismael Bhamjee of Botswana, who was handed a four-year ban, Amadou Diakite of Mali and Ahongalu Fusimalohi of Tonga who were suspended for three years, and Tunisian official Slim Aloulou who was suspended for two years. All four were also fined 10,000 Swiss francs.