Bolivia's Morales Wants FIFA Scandal to Be Discussed at the EU-CELAC Summit



Bolivian President Evo Morales says the FIFA corruption scandal must be addressed at the upcoming CELAC-EU summit. 

Bolivian President Evo Morales said the recent corruption scandal involving leaders of the international soccer organization (FIFA) should be discussed at the upcoming European Union (EU)-Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit to be held in Brussels on June 10-11. 

During a press conference Saturday, the Bolivian leader described the corruption scandal as unacceptable, stating “I do not understand how this is possible. This is why I am asking that the issue be discussed at the CELAC-EU conference; the issue must be addressed.” 

Morales, an avid soccer fan and semi-professional player, went on to criticize the reelection of FIFA president Joseph Blatter. The 79-year-old Blatter, who has not been indicted but may be implicated in the investigation, won the controversial reelection Friday at FIFA’s Congress in Zurich, Switzerland. 

“Blatter won the election but football lost,” Morales stated. 

Blatter is currently not named in the indictment of FIFA officials and denies any personal involvement in alleged acts of bribery, however the 2011 FIFA Presidential Election – which Blatter won – is named as one of the incidents in question. 

Meanwhile, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa also took time Saturday to weigh in on the FIFA scandal, stating, “In my opinion, this is something terrible and extremely embarrassing, especially because six of the individuals whom were arrested were from Latin America and the Caribbean: It is embarrassing for the region.”

Republished from TeleSUR


Bolivian President Evo Morales says the FIFA corruption scandal must be addressed at the upcoming CELAC-EU summit. Bolivian President Evo Morales said the recent corruption scandal involving leaders of the international soccer organization (FIFA) should be discussed at the upcoming European Union (EU)-Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit to be held in Brussels on June 10-11. RELATED: 'Rampant, Systemic and Deep-Rooted' Corruption at FIFA During a press conference Saturday, the Bolivian leader described the corruption scandal as unacceptable, stating “I do not understand how this is possible. This is why I am asking that the issue be discussed at the CELAC-EU conference; the issue must be addressed.” Morales, an avid soccer fan and semi-professional player, went on to criticize the reelection of FIFA president Joseph Blatter. The 79-year-old Blatter, who has not been indicted but may be implicated in the investigation, won the controversial reelection Friday at FIFA’s Congress in Zurich, Switzerland. “Blatter won the election but football lost,” Morales stated. Blatter is currently not named in the indictment of FIFA officials and denies any personal involvement in alleged acts of bribery, however the 2011 FIFA Presidential Election – which Blatter won – is named as one of the incidents in question. Meanwhile, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa also took time Saturday to weigh in on the FIFA scandal, stating, “In my opinion, this is something terrible and extremely embarrassing, especially because six of the individuals whom were arrested were from Latin America and the Caribbean: It is embarrassing for the region.”

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