The head of Germany’s soccer league has called on FIFA’s president to resign over a bribery scandal.
Reinhard Rauball told Germany’s Welt Online late Friday that Sepp Blatter should step down as soon as possible so that FIFA can make a fresh start.
Blatter has acknowledged he knew about payments by marketing agency ISL to former FIFA chief Joao Havelange but insisted they were legal in Switzerland in the 1990s.
Rauball also called for an extraordinary FIFA congress where the members of world soccer’s governing body should strip Havelange of his honorary presidency.
NOT DONE YET: Being acquitted by a court of racial abuse might not be the end of the matter for Chelsea captain John Terry.
The English Football Association has to conclude its own investigation and decide whether to charge Terry over his confrontation with Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, which led to the failed criminal prosecution.
Action could also be taken against Ferdinand, who – like Terry – admitted using obscene language during the Premier League match that led to the trial.
The FA had to suspend its investigation into October’s west London derby when the police probe kicked in. However, the governing body’s inquiry was restarted after the chief magistrate at Westminster Magistrates’ Court decided Friday there was no evidence to find Terry guilty of a racially-aggravated public order offense.
The FA, which stripped Terry of the England captaincy over the case, said its priority is to “conclude its own enquiries.”
There is a lower burden of proof for FA disciplinary tribunals – balance of probabilities rather than beyond reasonable doubt in criminal cases.