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FIFA whistleblower to lose his post

2002 World Cup chief organiser and general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen, the man who submitted a report alleging financial mismanagement and misleading accountancy practices at FIFA, has agreed to step down after the tournament.

A severe critic of newly re-elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Zen Ruffinen submitted a report, which formed the basis of an official complaint by 11 members of FIFA’s executive committee, laid at the Zurich prosecutor.

The complaint, alleging mismanagement of FIFA finances, was submitted ten days before the ballot was cast. Yesterday the 11 members decided to drop the action.

Blatter said the allegations were groundless, exonerating himself of any blame or wrongdoing.

He also silenced vice-president David Wills, when he tried to defend his internal audit investigation into FIFA’s financial state, after the inquiry was criticised by another delegate during a congress debate on the world governing body’s finances, a day prior to the vote.

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