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Sepp Blatter under investigation by Fifa

Even more intrigue at Fifa HQ now: we reported earlier that Mohamed Bin Hammam was looking to drag Sepp Blatter into the corruption scandal, and now it appears that his tactic has at least partially worked, as the organisation has opened ethics proceedings against their own president.

Blatter will appear before the ethics committee on Sunday as part of an investigating into allegations that Jack Warner and Bin Hamman were involved in the bribing of potential voters at a meeting with member of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) in Trinidad earlier this month. Bin Hammam claims that Blatter knew about these payments, a breach of the code of ethics, even though the Qatari is still officially denying that they ever took place. It appears that total war is now breaking out all over the organisation.

‘On 26 May 2011, Fifa Executive Committee member Mohamed bin Hammam has requested the Fifa Ethics Committee to open ethics proceedings against Fifa President Joseph S Blatter on the basis that, in the report submitted by Fifa Executive Committee member Chuck Blazer earlier this week, Fifa Vice-President Jack A Warner would have informed the Fifa President in advance about alleged cash payments to delegations attending a special meeting of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) apparently organised jointly by Jack A Warner and Mohamed bin Hammam on 10 and 11 May 2011 and that the Fifa President would have had no issue with these,’ read a statement from Fifa. ‘Subsequently, the Fifa Ethics Committee today opened a procedure against the Fifa President in compliance with art. 16 of the Fifa Code of Ethics.

‘Joseph S Blatter has been invited to take position by 28 May 2011, 11am CET and to attend a hearing by the Fifa Ethics Committee at the Home of Fifa (Zurich) on 29 May 2011. No additional comments will be made by Fifa until further notice.’

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