IOC president Jacques Rogge called on FIFA to clean up its house following allegations of vote-selling and collusion in the contest for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
The remarks, which came at IOC meetings in Acapulco, followed a telephone conversation FIFA presidentSepp Blatter had with Rogge to update him on the investigation into the Sunday Times' sting operation that has resulted in the provisional suspension of two FIFA executive committee members. "I encouraged him to do exactly what he has done and to try to clean out as much as possible," Rogge said.
The IOC faced its own bribery scandal, ousting 10 members who were accused of accepting cash, scholarships and other inducements during Salt Lake City's successful bid for the 2002 Winter Games, and introducing ethics reforms.
"I think the IOC took the right conclusions on something that was very unpleasant," Rogge said. "We did everything we could and I am sure that the IOC came out of the crisis as a better and more transparent organization. I hope that will be the case for my friends in that sport [FIFA]."