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FIFA clears Sepp Blatter of involvement in bribery scandal

05-30-2011 14:47 BJT

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Chaos reigns in the world of global football. FIFA exonerated President Sepp Blatter in the corruption crisis facing football's world governing body.

Blatter is now in line to be re-elected unopposed to a fourth term on Wednesday, after his only challenger, Bin Hammam, withdrew his candidacy. Bin Hammam was just hours from being provisionally excluded from all football activities by FIFA's ethics committee.

FIFA suspended bin Hammam and Jack Warner, a FIFA vice president from Trinidad on Sunday, amid allegations the two executive committee members bribed voters in the presidential election campaign. The FIFA ethics committee also cleared Blatter of turning a blind eye to the alleged bribes. Debbie Minguell and Jason Sylvester, two Caribbean Football Union staffers from Trinidad, have also been suspended pending results from the investigation.

Petrus Damaseb, deputy chairman of FIFA Ethics Committee said, "The committee is satisfied that in respect of Mr Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA, the article 129 threshold, which suggests, does there appear to be an infringement of the code of conducts have not been met and therefore no investigation is warranted or will be continued by the committee against him.

In respect of Mr bin Hammam, he is hereby provisionally banned from taking part in any kind of football related activity at national and international level, until the FIFA ethics committee will reach a decision on the merit in this matter."

The decisions clear the way for Blatter to be re-elected unopposed to a fourth term on Wednesday. Bin Hammam and Warner will now face a full FIFA inquiry. If found guilty, they could be expelled from FIFA and banned from all football activity. FIFA stressed that the presidential election will go ahead as scheduled on Wednesday.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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