FIFA to change methods of investigating corruption | Soccer
FIFA will change the way it investigates corruption — and the sport's governing body is prepared to examine any "credible" evidence of past wrongdoing, president Sepp Blatter said.
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ZURICH — FIFA will change the way it investigates corruption — and the sport's governing body is prepared to examine any "credible" evidence of past wrongdoing, president Sepp Blatter said Friday.
Hailing a "historic day for FIFA's reform process" after a series of scandals, Blatter said it would revamp its ethics committee to create separate investigating and prosecuting units with new, independent leaders.
Blatter said a proposal presented by FIFA anti-corruption adviser Mark Pieth got strong backing from his executive committee, some of whom have recently been cleared of corruption allegations by the existing — and often maligned — ethics body.
"Unanimously they agreed to this new approach in our, let's say, efforts for more transparency and integrity," Blatter said at a news conference announcing efforts in a promised two-year drive to clean up FIFA.
Pieth's sharp criticism of FIFA's past investigative failings was not directly addressed and the timetable for much of his suggested reform program was pushed to 2013.
FIFA's reputation has been rocked by claims of bribery and vote-rigging that marred its presidential election campaign last year and voting in 2010 to select the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
The credibility of Blatter's organization was also harmed when the existing, single-chamber ethics committee failed to gather enough evidence to prosecute some allegations.
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