FIFA head tells anti-corruption advisers to curb criticism
FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures during a press conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, March 30, 2012. (AP / Anja Niedringhaus)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, September 28, 2012 10:34AM EDT
ZURICH, Switzerland -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter has told the governing body's anti-corruption advisers to stop publicly criticizing his ruling board colleagues.
Blatter says he met the expert panel led by Mark Pieth on Thursday and corrected remarks the Swiss law professor made in Denmark last week.
Pieth told a sports governance conference that "older" FIFA executive committee members were resisting changes his group after a series of bribery and vote-buying scandals damaged football's governing body.
Blatter says several colleagues "were not happy about some declarations made" when they discussed his reform mission Friday.
Blatter insists "there is no opposition in the FIFA executive committee towards the reform process."
Pieth's panel is preparing further anti-corruption proposals which FIFA's 209 member nations will vote on next year.