Blatter set to introduce anti-corruption committee

In the build-up to the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts in early December, two of FIFA’s 24-man executive committee, Reynald Temarii and Amos Adamu, were suspended after allegations emerged that they had offered to sell their votes to undercover reporters from the Sunday Times.

“I will take care of it personally, to make sure that there is no corruption at FIFA,” Blatter said in an interview with Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung. “This committee will strengthen our credibility and give us a new image in terms of transparency.”

Blatter explained that the committee would comprise seven to nine members “not only from sport but from politics, finance, business and culture”. The FIFA president added that he would not be on the committee himself.

“The committee must be independent to guarantee maximum credibility,” he said. “I want to present this committee to the FIFA Congress here in Zurich at the start of June.”

It is unclear how FIFA’s existing ethics committee would fit into Blatter’s plans. Last month, Blatter described suggestions that there was systematic corruption within FIFA as “nonsense”.