The FIFA Adjudicatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee, set up to re-examine the case of one-time marketing giant ISL has yet again cleared FIFA President Sepp Blatter of any wrongdoing.
In a report that actually flawed erstwhile Executive member Nicholas Leoz, forcing the latter into resigning his position on the esteemed football body, also alleged that former President Joao Havelange had accepted bribes during his reign at the head of the Football House.
Havelange, 96, has subsequently resigned from the honorary membership of FIFA.
An elated FIFA President and Hall of Fame member Blatter, reacting to the ruling said, “I note in particular that, in his conclusions, chairman Eckert states that ‘the ISL case is concluded for the Ethics Committee’ and that ‘no further proceedings related to the ISL matter are warranted against any other football official.
“I also note with satisfaction that this report confirms that ‘President Blatter’s conduct could not be classified in any way as misconduct with regard to any ethics rules.
“I have no doubt that Fifa, thanks to the governance reform process that I proposed, now has the mechanisms and means to ensure that such an issue, which has caused untold damage to the reputation of our institution, does not happen again.” Blatter concluded.