FIFA in 'troubled waters' says Blatter
Sepp Blatter vowed to steer FIFA through "troubled waters" here Wednesday ahead of his expected re-election as head of football's corruption-tainted governing body.sports Updated: Jun 01, 2011 14:13 IST
Sepp Blatter vowed to steer FIFA through "troubled waters" here Wednesday ahead of his expected re-election as head of football's corruption-tainted governing body.
Addressing delegates on the first full session of FIFA's 61st congress, Blatter said the governing body must reform from within as it seeks to clean up its image after weeks of damaging graft revelations.
"We all know that the FIFA ship is in moving waters, I could even say in troubled waters," FIFA President Blatter told delegates.
"But I think this ship must be brought back on the right route. And I am the captain of the ship, so it's my duty and responsibility to get it back on the right route."
English and Scottish officials had called for the FIFA election to be postponed, urging in a statement for an outside body to examine the football organisation's governance.
However Blatter appeared to voice opposition to those calls, saying any reform must come from within the organisation.
"I am certain that you will follow me in the idea that we can settle all the problems from within FIFA, by giving us the right instruments or strengthening what we already have," Blatter said.