Blatter set to be re-elected as FIFA suspends two senior officials
Monday, May 30, 2011
FIFA has suspended two of its senior officials amid allegations that they bribed voters ahead of the organization's presidential election, while Sepp Blatter has been cleared of ignoring these activities and is now set to be re-elected as FIFA chairman on Wednesday.
association football pending an investigation into the alleged bribery., head of the Asian confederation, and , head of the Caribbean and North American ( ) federation, were both suspended from any involvement with
"Both bin Hammam and Warner were provisionally banned from future activity in football while a full investigation is carried out," announced, chairman of the FIFA ethics committee. "There, they can confront their accusers."
At a recent FIFA meeting in Trinidad on May 10 and 11, the committee heard that both bin Hammam and Warner were accused of offering 40,000 in cash gifts to other national associations in return for their votes in the presidential election.
Blatter was also summoned to the ethics committee following allegations that Warner told him in advance about the payments. The committee later accepted Blatter's testimony and cleared him of wrongdoing.
This decision clears the way for Blatter to be run unopposed for re-elections as FIFA president on Wednesday.
- AFP. "FIFA clears Blatter, suspends bin Hamman" — , May 30, 2011
- "FIFA's Sepp Blatter set for re-election after being cleared of corruption" — , May 30, 2011
- AP. "Soccer: FIFA suspends two officials, clears Blatter" — , May 30, 2011