The storm clouds gather .......
Fifa president Sepp Blatter will be invited to Parliament to address MP's concerns over the latest World Cup vote-selling allegations, according to the Times, after Fifa's President promised to "act immediately against anyone in breach of our ethical code".
Football's world governing body has found itself embroiled in fresh scandal after both Lord Treisman and the Sunday Times levelled sensational corruption allegations at a total of six Fifa executives in a
Commons committee sources told the Times that while it would pointless asking those named to appear before MPs – they have no obligation to attend – an approach for Sepp Blatter's testimony would be made.
"The committee's work has largely been done by putting these issues out in the open," chairman John Whittingdale said. "It is now up to football authorities to take the lead."
Blatter, who could win an unprecedented fourth term as Fifa president on June 1, has pledged to address the allegations in the next three weeks. "We have to deal with this matter before the congress and not just kick it out of the minds of Fifa," he told Al-Jazeera. "We have to do it now, immediately. We must accelerate the movement, whether it is for the good or for the bad."
International pressure is growing on Blatter to lead a thorough investigation into the claims. Alex Horne, the FA's general secretary, has written to Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke to demand a formal inquiry into the allegations. The FA has also promised to send Fifa a dossier containing details of all the latest corruption allegations.
The sports minister, Hugh Robertson, added his voice to the growing outcry. He said "cleaning up" sports bodies like Fifa should be one of the "key objectives" for Poland, which takes over the running of the EU Council in July.
"I would like to see really concerted pressure from international bodies to get them to reform," Robertson said. "We're pretty wound up about it, the Dutch [and] the Australians are pretty wound up and there are a number of others."
He went on to suggest that a global consensus was forming in favour of a Fifa shakeup similar to the changes forced on the International Olympic Committee in the wake of a vote-selling scandal over Salt Lake City's successful bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics.