Blatter backs German proposal for FIFA integrity checks

Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:04pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has endorsed a German proposal for stronger integrity checks to vet top soccer officials as the sport's global governing body grapples with the fallout of a massive corruption scandal.

Blatter also took a swipe at European soccer federation UEFA, who he said had blocked the proposal by German FA president Wolfgang Niersbach.

"Wolfgang Niersbach from Germany, has put forward a motion I support,' the Swiss wrote in his column in FIFA Weekly Magazine.

"(He) has proposed an independent integrity check for all members of the most important FIFA Committees.

"In doing so, Niersbach has broached a subject that

has so far been blocked by UEFA of all associations. Better late than never.

"The message he has thereby sent out must apply to everyone:

only together can we continue to drive the process of reform forward.

"That is something I will stand for until my final day in office."   Continued...

FIFA President Sepp Blatter pauses during a news conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, June 2, 2015.   REUTERS/Ruben Sprich