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Karlsruhe, Germany, yesterday. Hamburg won 2-1 in extra time. AP PHOTO
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 2, 2015
LONDON---In the House of Commons,
they re calling for Sepp Blatter s head.
And even inside the FIFA president s
own executive committee, there is the
threat of resignation.
A new week has brought new turmoil
for football's embattled 79-year-old pres-
ident and his scandal-tainted governing
body, which is in the midst of the worst
corruption case in its 111-year history.
"For the good of the game, it is time
for Sepp Blatter to go," British sports and
culture secretary John Whittingdale told
the House of Commons yesterday.
While the newly re-elected Blatter
seems to be going nowhere despite the
arrests and indictments of several soccer
officials last week in Zurich, others are
calling it quits or threatening to do so.
FIFA medical chief Michel D'Hooghe,
the longest-serving member on the exec-
utive committee, said he would leave
unless there were rapid reforms.
"I cannot reconcile myself with an insti-
tution where I work, where I have carried
the medical responsibility for 27 years and
about which I now learn that there is a
lot of corruption," D'Hooghe told the VRT
television network in Belgium.
"My conclusion is very clear: I will no
longer continue to participate (in FIFA)
under such conditions. So, it is high time
for change to come and we will see over
the coming days what may happen. Let's
be clear, if this atmosphere prevails at
FIFA, I have no place there."
D'Hooghe has served on FIFA's ruling
body since 1988, a decade before Blatter's
move up from secretary general to pres-
"If you are faced with an abscess, simple
medication does not suffice," D'Hooghe
said. "You have to cut it open."
Heather Rabbatts went a step further
and resigned from her post on the FIFA
anti-discrimination task force.
That body, until last week, was chaired
by Jeffrey Webb, who was suspended as
a FIFA vice president and remains in cus-
tody in Switzerland along with six others
after being arrested as part of the US cor-
Rabbatts is also a director at the English
Football Association, a long-standing critic
"Like many in the game I find it unac-
ceptable that so little has been done to
reform FIFA," she wrote in a letter to FIFA.
"And it is clear from the re-election of
President Blatter that the challenges facing
FIFA and the ongoing damage to the rep-
utation of football's world governing body
are bound to continue to overshadow and
undermine the credibility of any work in
the anti-discrimination arena and beyond."
The debate in Britain, where Blatter
faces some of his harshest criticism, made
its way to Parliament on Monday, and
Whittingdale wasn't alone in his con-
demnation of the FIFA president.
Chris Bryant, the sports spokesman for
the opposition Labour Party, said Blatter
was a "tainted leader of a corrupt organ-
ization" who was re-elected because of
FIFA yesterday provisionally banned
another football official---CONCACAF
General Secretary Enrique Sanz---as its
ethics committee assesses evidence from
the US criminal investigation.
An unidentified co-conspirator listed
in last week's indictment fit the description
of Sanz' work history. Sanz, who has been
battling leukemia, was placed on a leave
of absence by CONCACAF on Thursday.
ASUNCION---A judge in Paraguay says
the former president of the South Amer-
ican Football Confederation has been
placed under house arrest amid FIFA s
Judge Humberto Otazu also said yes-
terday that 86-year-old Nicolas Leoz is
expected to be released later in the day
from a hospital in the Paraguayan capital
where he is being treated for high blood
Leoz is one of several former and cur-
rent top soccer officials named in a FIFA
The Paraguayan foreign ministry has
received a note from the United States
Embassy requesting Leoz's arrest and
seeking his extradition.
Lawyer Fernando Barriocanal said his
client is in good spirits and ready to defend
himself when the time right time comes.
Leoz was president of the federation,
known as CONMEBOL, from 1986 to
avoided relegation by com-
ing from behind to beat Karl-
sruhe 2-1 in extra time in the
Bundesliga playoff yester-
With his team facing rel-
egation, Marcelo Diaz scored
from a free kick in the 90th
minute to send the match into
extra time and Nicolai Mueller
secured the victory in the
115th. Hamburg won the two-
leg time 3-2 on aggregate.
Hamburg also won the
playoff last season on away
goals against Greuther Fuerth
to stay in the Bundesliga.
Substitute Reinhold Yabo
scored in the 78th minute for
Karlsruhe, which was a couple
of minutes from returning to
the Bundesliga for the first
time since 2009.
Hamburg remained the
only founding member of the
Bundesliga never to be rele-
gated since the league's start
in 1963. (AP)
Hamburg avoids relegation
Former head of South American
football under house arrest
Blatter, FIFA facing
more criticism this week
Sepp Blatter refused
to resign as Fifa
president following a
request from Uefa
chief Michel Platini.
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