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Arrests have brought "shame and humiliation' on football: FIFA's Blatter

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 02:18

In a much anticipated address to this year's FIFA congress, embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the arrests of FIFA officials for corruption have brought ''shame and humiliation'' on football, although he has so far resisted calls for his resignation. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE - RESENDING STORY TO ADD 'COURTESY' GRAPHIC ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration) STORY: FIFA president Sepp Blatter, under pressure to resign after this week's arrests of FIFA officials on corruption charges, said on Thursday (May 28) the corruption scandal surrounding the world soccer body had brought shame and humiliation to football. In a defiant speech at the opening of a FIFA Congress in Zurich at which he expects to be re-elected president for a fifth term, Blatter said there could be no place for corruption of any kind in the game. Seeking to distance himself from the scandal in which seven senior FIFA figures have been arrested in Switzerland on U.S. corruption charges, he said: "I cannot monitor everyone all the time. If people want to do wrong they will also try to hide it." He added that FIFA had lost trust and must earn it back, starting tomorrow. More needed to be done to make sure everyone in football behaves responsibly and ethically. As FIFA faced the worst crisis in its 111-year history, Michel Platini, the former French international who now heads UEFA, Europe's soccer confederation, said he had told Blatter to go but the 79-year-old had refused.

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Arrests have brought "shame and humiliation' on football: FIFA's Blatter

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 02:18