FIFA president Blatter says he isn't ducking FBI

FIFA president Sepp Blatter attempted to refute an ESPN report that he won't travel to the USA because of an FBI probe into FIFA corruption, saying he planned to travel to the 2016 Copa Centenario.

Sources told “E:60 Reports with Jeremy Schaap” that Blatter decided it was unwise to travel to the United because of the FBI investigation.

"I will be at the Copa Centenario if elected, and even if I'm not elected, I expect I will still be invited," Blatter, who is expected to be elected to a fifth term as FIFA president on May 29, told reporters. Friday. "I know that in the U.S. there is an investigation against former people, who have been in my government, there is nothing against me."

In 2013, Reuters reported that Daryan Warner, the son of former FIFA vice-president and Concacaf president Jack Warner, was being held as cooperating witness by the FBI in an investigation into international soccer.

Last year, the Daily News reported that Chuck Blazer, another former member of the FIFA executive committee and Blatter ally, was also a cooperating witness  of the FBI and had used a hidden microphone to secretly record  international officials at the 2012 Olympics in London, at the behest of the FBI and the IRS.

Blatter has not traveled to the USA since 2011, raising speculation that he was ducking the FBI. He said his busy travel schedule takes him to smaller countries.

"I am going to visit merely the national associations in need," he added. "If you ask me the last time I was in China, it was at the Olympic Games, in 2008. In Germany, since 2011, I have been once, I was invited to the national team reception in Berlin, so I am not taking one country or the other."

Blatter attends most regional championships but has not attended the Gold Cup final since 2009 when he used the trip to visit the White House as part of the USA's bid for the 2022 World Cup. In his last trip to the USA, he attended the 2011 Gold Cup semifinals in Houston. The next Gold Cup will be held in July. Blatter did not say why he'd skip this tournament. Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb is another Blatter ally.

2 comments about "FIFA president Blatter says he isn't ducking FBI".
  1. Santiago 1314, May 15, 2015 at 4:45 p.m.

    Tricky Dick Nixon's Best Friend... "I am Not a Crook"

  2. Cristian Deseanu, May 15, 2015 at 5 p.m.

    My prediction is that "health condition" is not gonna let our "Supreme Commandant" to attend the Centenario! That, if by then, a jail cell will be another reason that he's not gonna make it..

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