FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he expects “more bad news” a day after U.S prosecutors accused nine soccer officials of money laundering, racketeering and kickbacks dating back to 1991.
Blatter, who is seeking a fifth term tomorrow, said the scandal was unprecedented in the organization’s 111-year history. Two of Blatter’s vice presidents were among those arrested in a dawn raid in Zurich.
Earlier today, the 79-year-old Swiss rejected Michel Platini’s request that he stand down, according to the president of the European ruling body. Blatter maintains support in much of Asia, Africa and South America and is the favorite to beat his only challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan in a vote of 209 member associations.
“The next few months will not be easy for FIFA,” Blatter told the delegates at the opening of an annual congress at the Hallenstadion in Zurich. “I am sure more bad news will follow.”
Swiss authorities opened a separate investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Blatter, who wasn’t implicated by prosecutors, said he couldn’t be accountable for all FIFA officials.
“I cannot monitor everyone all of the time,” Blatter said. “If people want to do wrong they will try to hide it.”