Execs Plan Lawsuit Against FIFA
May. 08, 2002
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ Eleven of FIFA's 24 executive committee members are seeking a criminal investigation against president Sepp Blatter.
``Mr. Blatter must face a thorough investigation over the abuse of his authority and misuse of FIFA funds,'' said Chung Mong-joon, a FIFA vice president and head of the South Korean Football Association. ``I understand a lawyer has been hired and a legal action has started.''
Chung, a vocal critic of Blatter, said Wednesday he joined a move by six of the eight European members of the executive committee to hire a lawyer and ask Swiss prosecutors to investigate Blatter. The move also was signed by four African members of the executive committee.
Chung would not identify the two European members who refused to join the anti-Blatter campaign.
In a 21-page document submitted to the executive committee Friday, general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen said FIFA's financial situation was much more precarious than generally believed.
Zen-Ruffinen said Blatter showered millions of dollars worth of financial favors on the North and Central American and Caribbean confederation (CONCACAF) and its president, Jack Warner, and made repeated unauthorized payments to soccer officials on other continents.
Blatter claims allegations of financial mismanagement are aimed at scuttling his campaign for re-election to the FIFA presidency. He will face African soccer chief Issa Hayatou in an election on May 29 in Seoul, South Korea, before the start of the World Cup.