FIFA backs revamp of corruption investigation body



ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter says soccer’s governing body will change the way it investigates corruption.

Blatter says on Twitter that his executive committee approved a “two-chamber Ethics Committee,” with separate departments to investigate and prosecute cases.

FIFA’s single-chamber ethics committee failed to gather enough evidence to prosecute some allegations of vote-rigging during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.

Blatter says this “historic day” for FIFA reform follows a recommendation of anti-corruption adviser Mark Pieth.

However, Pieth has said it’s “crucial” that independent outsiders unconnected to Blatter’s “football family” take key positions in FIFA’s judicial bodies.