FM: FIFA Is "Mired In Corruption"

Carwyn Jones has weighed in on the FIFA scandal, calling it an organisation “mired in scandal and corruption”.

The First Minister released a statement, shortly after the organisation’s President Sepp Blatter addressed the Congress where he's hoping to be re-elected on Friday.

He said: 

“It is extraordinary that FIFA’s vote for the next president is going ahead as planned.

“This is an organisation mired in scandal and corruption, and yet those at the top still seem in total denial. I fully support the FAW’s decision to vote for change and reform.

“Football is crying out for transparency at the top, and a fresh start in the way the game is governed at a global level.”

Mr Blatter said:

"You will agree with me, these are unprecedented and difficult times for FIFA. They demand action and change from us all. It has to stop here and now.

"The events of yesterday have cast a long shadow over football and over this week's congress. Actions of individuals, if proven, 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 and now.

"I know many people hold me ultimately responsible for the actions and reputation of the global football community, whether it is a decision for the hosting of a World Cup or a corruption scandal.

"We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time. But it must fall to me to bear the responsibility for the reputation and wellbeing of our organisation, and find a way to fix things."

He ended by asking everyone to remember that those involved football were not there "for greed... for exploitation... for power, but because of love for the game".