Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 25th 2015 Contents GENEVA---Fifa relented and
handed over emails from sus-
pended official Jerome Valcke
yesterday, having blocked access
even as Sepp Blatter pledged sup-
port for American and Swiss
investigations of corruption.
The embattled governing body
should cooperate "no matter how
close to home those investigations
get," Blatter, who is targeted by
both criminal cases, had said ear-
"This is the difficult path we
must follow if we are serious
about change," the Fifa president
wrote in his weekly in-house
Still, Blatter s comments
seemed at odds with Fifa s behav-
ior during a standoff with
Switzerland s attorney general
Fifa had continued to block
attempts to unseal emails from
Valcke s business and personal
accounts despite Lauber s public
request on Wednesday.
The stand-off ended late
Thursday afternoon when Fifa
finally stopped insisting that
"several conditions will be ful-
filled," Lauber s office said.
"Fifa informed the Office of
the Attorney General of Switzer-
land (OAG) to unseal all email
accounts belonging to Mr. Jerome
Valcke, suspended Secretary-
General," the federal prosecutor s
office said in a statement.
"Furthermore, the OAG is
pleased to note that Fifa has
handed over on its own initiative
Mr Jerome Valcke s emails since
Valcke s Fifa and Google email
accounts were used to discuss a
proposed deal for black-market
2014 World Cup ticket sales, a
Fifa-contracted ticket agent
alleged last week.
The French official denied
wrongdoing but hours after the
allegation was made he was sus-
pended by Fifa which also asked
its ethics committee to investi-
"We need to show that we
understand the severity of this
situation and that we are ready
to take the right steps to fix it,"
Blatter wrote Thursday.
Lauber and US Attorney Gen-
eral Loretta Lynch last week said
at a shared news conference in
Zurich that their respective cases
implicating senior Fifa officials
are expanding, and could yet
The US case alleging bribery
and racketeering among Fifa vice
presidents and longtime executive
committee members has indicted
14 people and taken guilty pleas
from four others.
A Swiss case that started with
Fifa s complaint last year of pos-
sible money laundering in the
2018-2022 World Cup bid con-
tests is now looking for evidence
of criminal mismanagement across Fifa s day-to-day business.
Blatter has denied wrongdoing and
blamed corruption on individuals out-
side Fifa s control.
In his column, Blatter linked the
criminal investigations to the need
for reforming Fifa when his 18-year
presidency ends in February, after a
previous round of modernising
changes fell short.
"However, the highly regrettable
events this year have made it painfully
clear those changes have not been
enough," he wrote.
Failing to approve reforms at the
Feb. 26 election congress in Zurich
would be a "betrayal" of Fifa by the
209 member federations, Blatter sug-
Some reforms, including term limits
for top officials, were rejected by those
same members last year in Brazil after
Blatter told them that rules forced
upon Fifa would later apply world-
Still, Blatter reminded yesterday
that "millions of fans around the
world ... rightly expect the highest
standards from those managing the
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In this Friday, December 19, 2014 file photo Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Fifa
secretary general Jerome Valcke, left, leave after a press conference in
Marrakech, Morocco. Fifa says it suspended secretary general Jerome Valcke
with immediate effect, hours after he was the subject of allegations over a deal
for 2014 World Cup ticket sales. AP PHOTO
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