3 Jan 2011

Blatter to set up anti-corruption committee

12:28 pm on 3 January 2011

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he wants to set up an anti-corruption committee to police world soccer's governing body.

Blatter says he will take it on himself to make sure that there is no corruption at FIFA.

He says the committee will consist of seven to nine members "not only from sport but from politics, finance, business and culture".

Blatter says he won't not sit on the committee himself as he wants to guarantee its independence.

Last year two of FIFA's 24-man executive committee, including Oceania Football Confederation President Reynard Temarii, were suspended over allegations they had offered to sell their votes in the contest to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

As a result, they missed December's vote in which FIFA chose Russia to host the 2018 tournament and Qatar in 2022.