Blatter: FIFA Member likely to quit over kickbacks




ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter says he expects at least one member of FIFA’s executive committee to leave his post because of the ISL kickbacks case.

Blatter tells a German newspaper that “it does look like some people won’t be able to stay on the executive committee.”

Blatter’s comment could refer to Ricardo Teixeira, who heads the Brazilian 2014 World Cup organizing committee and has been linked to the case.

FIFA has promised to publish Swiss court papers next month identifying senior officials who took payments from ISL. The marketing agency owned World Cup television rights until its 2001 bankruptcy.

In 2010, FIFA said two senior officials repaid kickbacks worth $7 million on condition of anonymity. British broadcaster BBC has named one of them as Teixeira.

Blatter says some of his 24-man executive panel “have varying concepts of ethics and morals.”