Blatter must quit after bribe accusations, says German Football League president Rauball

The Fifa chief is thought to have known about the illegal actions of Joao Havelange and Ricardo Teixeira, and is now being urged to step down from his role
Reinhard Rauball, the president of the German Football League (DFL), has stated that Sepp Blatter must step down from his role with Fifa after the latest scandal.

Revelations regarding Joao Havelange and Ricardo Teixeira taking as much as €11.5 million in bribes have made the press, with the Swiss executive believed to have had knowledge of the deals.

And Rauball, who is also the president of Borussia Dortmund, has called for Fifa to make a change and the Swiss to walk way from his position.

“As it stands, Blatter should hand over his duties to someone else as soon as possible,” the DFL chief told Welt Online.

“For the sake of credibility of the reform process, Fifa needs someone who is willing to make a fresh start.

“It is always difficult when someone who was part of the problem seeks to carry on when change is necessary.

“Sepp Blatter was aware of these movements of money, although only later. Why did he not fulfil his duty of care on behalf of the national member associations of Fifa?

“My understanding from this report is that International Sports and Leisure (ISL) paid a total of 123 Swiss Francs (€102.3m) to various officials and that Havelange and Teixeira took at least 14m (€11.5m) of them - little more than 10 per cent.

"Into whose pockets did the rest of the money go? I want to know who has benefited from it and for what purpose these payments were made."

Bribery has been a major problem within the game’s governing body in the recent past, with Jack Warner and Mohammed Bin Hammam also accused of such crime.