Football officials have been reluctant to visit countries which have an extradition treaty with the United States, which spearheaded the main investigation earlier this year.
Fifa also confirmed that Brazilian executive committee member Marco Polo del Nero had failed to attend a meeting in Zurich on Monday of the Olympic Football tournaments organising committee, which he chairs. 17-18 in Japan, which hosts the Club World Cup and where Blatter could risk arrest.
The agenda for the congress will be approved by Blatter’s executive panel in a two-day meeting in Zurich later this week.
However, last week’s suspension of Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke, pending a formal investigation into allegations linking him to a scheme intending to sell 2014 World Cup tickets for inflated prices, continued a deeply troubled period.
The 2018 World Cup preparations in Russian Federation will, in Valcke’s absence this week, be given by UEFA President Michel Platini who is the front-runner to succeed Blatter.
His eviction has only served to heighten the suspicion which is swirling around Blatter’s final months in office with the election of his successor set for February 26.
Brazilian soccer icon Pele is a member of FIFA’s soccer committee, which has not met for several years.
Zico, who played for Brazil at the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups, said that recently he had very productive meetings with Turkey’s federation but was not able to get its support because of UEFA’s influence.
Blatter has denied any wrongdoing and blamed individuals from football’s continental confederations for implicating FIFA in corruption. Some lawyers with experience in worldwide criminal cases have said Blatter would be ill-advised to travel after the USA indictments were announced.
Blatter shocked the soccer world on June 2 with the announcement that he would lay down his mandate.
Qatar’s plans for 2022 are given by Kattner.
He said Blatter was very receptive to his letter calling for the changes, and said the president also didn’t agree with the current rules.