FIFA president Sepp Blatter has made his opening speech at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland. He started by welcoming the Swiss minister of sport and defence, as well as others.”You will agree with me that these are unprecedented and difficult times for FIFA. The events of yesterday have cast a long shadow over football and over this congress. “Actions of individuals have proven to bring shame and humiliation on football and demand action and change from us all. We cannot allow the reputation of football and FIFA to be dragged through the mud any longer. It has to stop here. “I know many people hold me responsible. I cannot monitor everyone all the time. If people want to do wrong, they will also try to hide it.” “The next few months will not be easy. I am sure more bad news will follow. “Those who are corrupt in football are in a minority, like in society and must be held responsible for their actions. Football cannot be the exception to the rule. There can be no place for corruption of any kind. “We must respond tomorrow, we have the opportunity to begin the long and difficult road to rebuilding trust. We have lost the trust and we must now earn it back. Solidarity and unity is asked for the game, for the world, for peace. Thank you.”
And with that, he waved on the dancers to begin the ceremony.
Will he continue as FIFA president given this latest scandal? Will Prince Ali of Jordan emerge as the new FIFA president? The answers will come tomorrow.