Federation Internationale de Football Association presidential contender Chung calls Blatter ‘hypocrite’
“All that the ethics committee is relying on is that I have not fully “cooperated” or “collaborated” with the investigation and that I had violated “confidentiality” requirements”. “They are sabotaging FIFA’s election and Federation Internationale de Football Association itself”, Chung said.
Chung, a leading candidate for the Federation Internationale de Football Association election in February, along with UEFA president Michel Platini and Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan, has become a virulent critic of Blatter.
Such a “retroactive sanction” sought by the committee is based only on testimonies from Blatter and his former right-hand man, secretary general Jerome Valcke.
Chung pointed out that Chilean Harold Mayne-Nicholls was banned for seven years by FIFA’s ethics committee after asking Qatar for placements for family members while he was in charge of the technical inspectors looking at the World Cup bids.
Blatter and Platini deny wrongdoing but face possible suspension by FIFA’s ethics committee. “It was the natural, patriotic thing when the South Korean bidding company sent out letters in 2010 to fellow executive committee members to explain about the US$777 million global football fund it was proposing for the development of the sport”, he said.
The 62-year-old Sexwale has yet to announce whether he will oppose Blatter, 79, at next February’s presidency re-election and has until October 26 to decide.
“As preposterous as it may sound, there are media reports that Mr. Blatter plans to stay on as President once all the presidential candidates are forced out”.
Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term in May even though a few of his FIFA allies had been indicted just days earlier in a United States investigation into bribery and fraud in football.
Valcke was suspended last month over alleged links to a black market ticket scheme surrounding the 2014 World Cup.
A few of soccer’s major sponsors have since issued calls for the immediate resignation of Blatter but the 79-year-old has responded by saying he would not quit. “I am being condemned without there being any evidence for wrongdoing on my part”.
“In June, the European Parliament urged Blatter to resign”.
But a few of FIFA’s sponsors aren’t so sure. “I will make it a badge of pride” if elected, he said.
“But they are friends of football, not the constituents of FIFA”.