Blatter hits back at Chung over 'corrupt' comments

Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:17pm EDT
 
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By Brian Homewood

ZURICH (Reuters) - Outgoing president Sepp Blatter hit back at Chung Mong-joon, one of the candidates to replace him, for labeling FIFA a "corrupt organization" on Monday and said the South Korean's remarks were "disturbing".

Swiss Blatter also pointed out in a statement issued by soccer's governing body that Chung was an influential member of FIFA for 17 years until 2011.

The 63-year-old billionaire scion of Korea's Hyundai industrial conglomerate launched his bid for the presidency in Paris earlier on Monday with a stinging attack on Blatter and Michel Platini, head of European soccer's ruling body UEFA.

Platini is another candidate to replace Blatter at the election on Feb. 26.

"It is disturbing, to say the least, to hear Dr Chung Mong-joon describe FIFA as a 'corrupt organization' during a press conference announcing his candidacy," said Blatter.

"Even more so when one recalls, and as Dr Chung cannot have forgotten, that he was a FIFA vice-president and a FIFA emergency committee member for 17 years from 1994 until 2011.

"Regarding personal attacks made by Dr Chung at the same event, I will not comment further than to say that this is particularly disrespectful to all concerned.

"I would like to stress again that FIFA is dedicated to improving the organization and will continue to strengthen its governance and accountability," added Blatter.   Continued...

 
FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses during the preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia July 25, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Files