Champions League - Embattled Blatter misses final

Sat, 28 May 16:26:00 2011

FIFA president Sepp Blatter cancelled plans to attend the Champions League final as he prepared to face an ethics committee.

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Blatter's spokesman said he had too many other things on his plate and had decided to skip Saturday's match at Wembley where Manchester United lost 3-1 to Barcelona.

"He has other things on his mind and hasn't got the time," Brian Alexander said.

Blatter will face the hearing along with Mohamed Bin Hammam, his challenger for the FIFA presidency, following a report on a meeting of Caribbean officials connected to the campaign earlier this month.

The report, prepared by FIFA executive committee member and CONCACAF secretary general Chuck Blazer, mentioned possible violation of the FIFA's ethics code by officials including "allegations of bribery".

Blatter, standing for a fourth term, has not commented on the procedings but has said that "the facts will speak for themselves." Bin Hammam has denied any wrongdoing.

CONCACAF president Jack Warner will also appear before the committee on Sunday along with two Caribbean officials.

Reuters

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