27 May 2011

Blatter sad to see his rival facing corruption charges

7:21 am on 27 May 2011

FIFA's president Sepp Blatter has rejected the notion that he's 'masterminded' the corruption crisis engulfing world football's governing body, and he's sad to see his presidential rival facing an ethics committee hearing over alleged bribery.

Blatter, standing next week for a fourth term in charge of world football, says he's shocked, saddened and deeply unhappy about the charges levelled against his only rival for the presidency, Mohamed bin Hammam, a man whose friendship he's enjoyed for many years.

Bin Hammam, another FIFA executive committee member Jack Warner, and two other officials face a hearing in Zurich this weekend regarding possible violations of FIFA's code of ethics.