SHOWS: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (SEPTEMBER 19, 2014) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
FIFA PRESIDENT SEPP BLATTER ARRIVING AT PODIUM 2.
AUDIENCE 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENT SEPP BLATTER SAYING: "We have started an exemplary organisation in ethics.
We have decided to have two chambers, an investigatory chamber and an adjudicatory chamber tribunal and independent chairs." 4.
AUDIENCE 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENT SEPP BLATTER SAYING: "We are the only sports organisation which has this independent body for ethics, nobody else, not even the IOC (International Olympic Committee), I am a member of the IOC, they don't have the same organisation we have because it is totally independent." 6.
AUDIENCE STORY: Soccer's governing body FIFA has an exemplary ethics set-up unmatched by any other sports organisation, its president Sepp Blatter said on Friday (September 19).
"Since the reforms, we have had an exemplary organisation in ethics... we have two chambers... with independent chairs," Blatter told the World Summit for Ethics in Sports.
"We are the only sports organisation which has this independent body for ethics, nobody else, not even the IOC (International Olympic Committee)." Blatter said that FIFA's ethics committee was entirely independent and, since 2011, had consisted of two parts - the investigatory chamber, responsible for investigating breaches of ethics, and the adjudicatory chamber, which determines sanctions.
FIFA has been hit by a series of corruption scandals in the last few years resulting in the suspension of several members of its executive committee while some had to resign.
Some members are still under investigation.
These included Mohamed Bin Hammam, a candidate in the 2011 presidential election who was banned for life over a cash-for-votes scandal.
The ethics committee is currently investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.