Hayatou distances self from alleged FIFA corruption
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Hayatou, refuted reports he had been one of Federation of International Football Association officials interrogated for corruption at the recently-held congress in Switzerland.
“I heard the news this morning (the same Monday). I was already in Paris when I was told that Rfi has declared that I have been grounded in Switzerland, that I did not have to leave.
“Needless to say that since Wednesday May 27, when the Swiss police landed in our hotel, I was not bothered by whosoever,” the longtime CAF leader said.
He continued, “Neither by political authorities, nor by judicial authorities, nor the Swiss police. I completed the programme I had before leaving from here and I am still following it. No one said anything to me, or contacted me for interrogations. But to my surprise, I heard that I was forbidden to leave Swiss territory because the police picked me up and had statements from me for nine hours. Nobody got a statement from me.”
He distanced himself from any corrupt activities said to be bedeviling the world football governing body.
Hayatou blamed the local and international media for bad publicity.
“If someone is corrupt, would he come and tell me, so I should disclose him?Those are frame-ups. That means I am also corrupt. Whatever the case I am not surprised.
“For 20 year now I have been accused, especially by the Cameroonian and English press. They are the two media organs that say things about me. But that is nothing. It is just the way life is.”
Hayatou is a longtime ally to Sepp Blatter, who has announced he would stand down as FIFA President, some day after he was re-elected.
– CAJ News
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