24 May 2011

Blatter threatens accusers

7:50 am on 24 May 2011

Just over a week out from world football's presidential elections, FIFA's president Sepp Blatter has threatened to launch a counterattack against those who allege the organisation is corrupt, unless they present hard evidence of wrongdoing.

Speaking in Japan, Blatter said he has yet to receive any evidence to back recent corruption allegations against FIFA executive committee members, made by the former England Football Association chief David Triesman and the Sunday Times, relating to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

But he suspects something will happen in the next few days.

Blatter is seeking a fourth and final four year term as FIFA president, and his one rival is the head of the Asian Football Confederation Mohammad bin Hammam.