PtG Article 19.10.2011

Blatter set to publish hidden documents

The BBC reported on Tuesday that FIFA president Sepp Blatter could be preparing to release court documents that FIFA previously refused to make public – documents which could reveal that senior officials at the world governing body for football took bribes.

In a move the BBC describes as an “extraordinary U-turn” in the face of bribery allegations, Blatter is expected to call for these documents to be published, which will give more details of the criminal investigation into the collapse of FIFA's former marketing partner International Sport and Leisure (ISL) in 2001, at a two-day executive committee meeting in Zurich, starting Thursday 20 October.

According to the BBC, the Brazilian Fraud Squad and international journalists who have pushed for transparency and reform within FIFA are eagerly awaiting the release of information that is likely to shed more light on bribery claims against former FIFA president Joao Havelange and his son-in-law, Ricardo Teixeira.

Blatter’s step towards revealing previously hidden legal documents is part of a ‘package’ of reforms the FIFA president is expected to propose in the meeting to address calls for more transparency and better governance in FIFA.

Read the BBC’s report here.