Blatter defends Integrity checks for Officials

Joseph Sepp Blatter outgoing President of FIFA is backing a proposal for the world governing body’s top officials to pass integrity checks before elections.

The Executive Committee of FIFA will discuss the proposal on July 20  when it will also fix the date for an Extraordinary General Assembly to elect a new President.

Sepp BlatterBlatter said “decisions on extensive changes to the FIFA structure” will also be taken then. He added the test had previously been blocked by Union of European Football Associations – UEFA. The proposal has again been put forward by FIFA Executive Committee Member Wolfgang Niersbach of Germany.

Blatter, who passed an integrity test in February, said: “Confederations are meant to screen officials but a new system would likely see FIFA’s Ethics chairmen assessing them more rigorously.”

Sepp Blatter resigns as FIFA President saying new elections will be held soon.On 2 June – only four days after being elected for a fifth, four-year presidential term – Blatter announced plans to step down amid investigations into alleged corruption involving some FIFA officials.

There have been suggestions he might seek to stand again but FIFA said he stands by that statement of intent to step down.

“The future of FIFA has begun,” Blatter added. “The key is to strengthen democracy within the FIFA government.”

Highlighting how Asia was the only regional body with an independent ethics body like FIFA, Blatter said other confederations “are lacking” and must “acknowledge their responsibility in matters of ethics”.

Blatter, 79, added: “German Football Association president Niersbach has put forward a subject that has so far been blocked by UEFA, of all associations. The message he has thereby sent out must apply to everyone: Only together can we continue to drive the process of reform forward. That is something I will stand for until my final day in office.”