FIFA’s President Sepp Blatter has all but confirmed he will run for re-election at the helm of world football’s ruling body despite criticism that the game and organisation have been tarnished by allegations of corruption during his long reign.
He told officials at the close of the annual congress held in Sao Paulo, Brazil that his mission is not finished.
“We must lead by example and we must listen to all voices. We must be responsible and upright in all that we do. We must do the right thing, even if that comes at a cost.”
The 78-year-old Swiss ignored calls from European countries not to run again in 2015. He is said to have the support of enough delegates to have his way.
Britain’s Sunday Times reported recently that a former Qatari football official paid millions to win support for Qatar’s World Cup bid.
The paper has obtained secret documents which it alleges prove Mohamed bin Hammam, former FIFA executive member for Qatar, made payments totalling five million US dollars to football officials to win support for Qatar’s World Cup bid.
The decision to give the World Cup to Qatar provoked widespread condemnation particularly over health concerns for leading players forced to play in the desert nation’s stifling summer heat.
Qatar has received international criticism after more than one thousand construction workers died on football stadium sites. There have been reports of labourers not being given enough food or water.
Qatar has unveiled labour reforms, but human rights groups say they are limited and don’t include such things as a minimum wage or allow for trade unions.