BERLIN: Joachim Eckert, new FIFA ethics judge, has warned that president Sepp Blatter must clean up the world football body or give way to someone else writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
German judge Eckert, chairman of the committee’s adjudicatory chamber, told Focus news magazine in an interview to be published on Monday that FIFA members should be obliged to co-operate and sanctions could range from fees to exclusion from FIFA.
‘The federation must become fully transparent and all money transfers must be looked into. FIFA members should be obliged to provide information,’ Eckert said.
‘This means for Blatter, either he clears up or he is gone.’
FIFA has been rocked by corruption allegation in various issues from TV rights sales to the 2011 presidential campaign and the election of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host countries.
Blatter put himself atop a reform movement and the ethics committee was set up last year. American judge Michael Garcia is chairman of the investigatory chamber and Eckert leads the adjudicatory chamber.
Eckert said the committee has no budget restrictions and that he hopes to have first issues solved by the end of the year with the help of highly qualified auditors.