'Joseph Blatter must clear up or he is gone'
Football’s ruling body FIFA must become fully transparent in order to complete its reform and not even president Joseph Blatter is not safe in his job, the co-chairman of its ethics committee said.
German judge Joachim Eckert, chairman of the committee’s adjudicatory chamber, told Focus news magazine in a report made available head of Monday’s publication that FIFA members should be obliged to co-operate and said that sanctions could range from fees to exclusion from FIA.
“The federation must become fully transparent and all money transfers must be looked into. FIFA members should be obliged to provide information,” Eckert said.
“This means for Blatter, either he clears up or he is gone.” FIFA has been rocked by corruption allegation in various issues from TV rights sales to the 2011 presidential campaign and the election of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host countries.
Blatter put himself a atop a reform movement and the ethics committee was set up last year. American judge Michael Garcia is chairman of the investigatory chamber and Eckert leads the adjudicatory chamber.
Eckert said that the committee has no budget restrictions and that he hopes to have first issues solved by the end of the year with the help of highly qualified auditors.