Blatter Expects Ethics Committee Verdict in July

June 27, 2011

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said that he expects a verdict from the ethics committee investigating the latest corruption scandal to be delivered in July.

The investigation will look into the conduct of Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam, who is accused of having bribed FIFA officials in his failed campaign to oust Blatter as FIFA president. Blatter also clarified that the inquiry would not cover Jack Warner, head of the Caribbean, North and Central American Federation (CONCACAF), who resigned as FIFA vice-president a week ago after being provisionally suspended due to the bribery allegations.

Blatter said: “The ethical committee is working on it and will come to a decision during the course of July.”

Speaking of Warner, Blatter added: “We know that he has resigned, so there will be no inquiry into him.”

A FIFA report seen by the Press Association suggested there was “overwhelming evidence” that Bin Hammam had attempted to bribe officials during his campaign for presidency. The leaked report by FIFA’s ethics committee also stated that Warner was “an accessory to corruption”.