The International Football Federation (FIFA) has rejected the request of the U.S. Senate to conduct interrogation of Joseph S. Blatter, the President of the organization, Joinfo.ua reports referring to the Reuters agency.
The American side has sent a request to FIFA to consider the possibility of the Swiss national answering questions at a hearing in connection with the corruption scandal in the FIFA but the Football Federation repulsed the request.
“Sen. Moran’s office reached out to FIFA to explore the possibility of having Mr. Blatter testify but the organization declined,” said Garrette Turner, spokesman for Senator Jerry Moran, the Republican chairman of the consumer protection subcommittee, which is holding the hearing.
It should be recalled that on May 27 in Zurich, several high-ranking FIFA officials were detained on suspicion of corruption, including FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb, Eugenio Figueredo, Eduardo Lee, Julio Roca, Costas Takkas, Rafael Esquivel, and Jose Maria Marin. A number of officials were charged, including Jack Warner, the former president of CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) and FIFA Vice President in the recent past, as well as Nicolas Leoz.
FIFA functionaries arrested indicted a total of 47 articles.