Hoeness: A fresh start at Fifa is only possible without Blatter

The Bayern Munich president has voiced his satisfaction with the recent attacks on the 76-year-old's conduct and believes it's only a matter of time before he leaves his post
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness is pleased to see that his Fifa counterpart Sepp Blatter has come under scrutiny following the latest corruption scandal within world football's governing body.

The 60-year-old believes it's time for a fresh start within the organisation after it became public that former president Joao Havelange had accepted bribes, and is adamant that the Swiss official has to go in order to clean things up.

"At last a number of people dare to attack him, including some members of the international press," Hoeness told reporters.

"I don't think that the situation will calm down for him. A fresh start within the organisation is only possible without him.

"I like the DFB's (German Football Association) stance on all this, and Bayern fully support the DFB. The net around Mr Blatter is slowly closing. I can't see him staying in his position as Fifa president until the end of his term.

"People are only now reacting like this because he had gathered nothing but friends around him. You can't expect the people who have always benefited from his dealings to attack him.

"However, I don't think he'll survive in office after all this."

Blatter had angered the DFB with comments that cast doubt on the legitimacy of the voting process for the 2006 World Cup hosting rights, which Germany won, leading to intensified attacks in the country's press.