Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA has slammed Chung Mong-Joon, a FIFA presidency candidate for his comments on the football governing body.
On Monday, the South Korean billionaire called FIFA a corrupt organization at a press conference in which he officially announced his candidacy.
In a statement intended to reply Chung, Blatter said: “It is disturbing, to say the least, to hear Dr. Chung Mong-Joon describe Fifa as ‘a corrupt organisation’.
“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 up until 2011.”
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Blatter added that the “personal attacks” were “particularly disrespectful to all concerned.”
“I would like to stress again that Fifa is dedicated to improving the organisation and will continue to strengthen its governance and accountability. Our work in this area continuously evolves, and we are focused on achieving the highest standards for the international football community.”
In mid-May, fourteen FIFA officials and executives were charged by US authorities for collecting over $150 million in bribes allegedly paid for television and marketing deals.
The 2018 and 2022 World Cups awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively are being investigated by the Swiss police