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Blatter defends FIFA ethics, voting system

  • Guardian, Friday, January 14, 2011 1:01 PM

There won't be changes to FIFA's voting system if Sepp Blatter gets his way. The FIFA president replied brusquely to statements made by outgoing ethics committee member Guenter Hirsch, who said FIFA had "no real interest in playing an active role in the resolution, pursuance and prevention of violations of its ethics code."

Blatter fired back, "He was there at the beginning of the ethics committee, he was not attending other meetings of the ethics committee, he was not making any comments on the ethic code. He was asked to make comments in writing. He has not participated in the meetings we have had in connection with the voting process, so how [can] such a high-level legalist make such [a] declaration?"

Blatter also dismissed results of a survey in which 89 percent of respondents opined that FIFA should change its voting system. "Then this 90 percent of people, some of them should give us a proposal of how to do it better," he said.

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