FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed that the world football governing body has nothing to hide. The Zurich-based football body have come under intense scrutiny, with many accusing FIFA of corruption, arguing that they are not transparent with their dealings.
Already, some people are championing the call for countries to boycott FIFA and secede from the organisation.
There has been an outcry over FIFA’s decision not to publish the report of an inquest that investigated how World Cup rights of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments were won.
However, Blatter has defended FIFA,stating that lodging a criminal complaint over “possible misconduct” in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process shows that they are committed to transparency.
“If we had anything to hide, we would hardly be taking this matter to the Office of the Attorney General,” says Blatter.
“FIFA’s internal bodies have done all they can within the scope of their capabilities, and they are continuing with their work. The matter will now also be looked at by an independent, state body, which shows that FIFA is not opposed to transparency.”
Blatter also turned down the request for the full report into alleged World Cup corruption to be published.
“Once again, we have examined this matter very, very carefully from a legal point of view,” says Blatter. “The result was clear: if FIFA were to publish the report, we would be violating our own association law as well as state law.
“The people who are demanding in the media and elsewhere that FIFA publish the report are obviously of the opinion that FIFA should or must ignore the law in this regard. We obviously cannot do that.”