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Blatter: Release the files

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Blatter: Release the files

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter is preparing to perform an extraordinary U-turn by calling for the release of court documents which could reveal that senior officials at the world governing body took bribes.
FIFA has repeatedly blocked attempts by journalists to have the documents released.
Blatter is expected to push for the publication of the papers at a crucial two-day meeting of the committee in Zurich, which starts on Thursday.
The documents relate to a criminal investigation into the collapse of FIFA’s former marketing partner International Sport and Leisure (ISL) and are believed to show that senior Fifa officials were paid kickbacks in return for granting ISL lucrative World Cup television and sponsorship rights during the 1990s.
Last year, lawyers acting for FIFA and the officials paid 5.5m Swiss francs (£3.9m) to settle the case and keep their identities secret. (BBC)