Speaking to German newspaper the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Pieth responded when asked whether he expected more scandals: "I cannot judge yet," before adding "it would surprise me if it went off without scandal."Gangsters? Wow. Pieth offered a prediction as well:
Pieth also said: "We must see to it that the gangsters do not escape in the wake of reform detractors."
"Many of those who now sit on the Executive Committee will not be there much longer," Pieth said.More wow. He described the functioning of FIFA as a "gentleman's club":
"They will resign because of scandals."
Describing FIFA as an organisation which "lacks regulation" and with "a gentleman's club structures", he also said: "I would not say that FIFA is corrupt, but there are too many corrupt individuals in this structure."Pieth also responds to some of the criticisms that he has recevied:
Pieth also took the opportunity to defend the fact that he is being paid by FIFA, describing it as a "red herring".The fact that he is being paid for his services is not necessarily problematic. Rather, as I have argued, the non-disclosure of the significant payment from FIFA ($128,000 for for drafting a paper) prior to being appointed created serious credibility problems for a committee with the phrase "good governance" in its title.They need not have started off with that deficit.
"Money always does create some risk, but I see no problem in our case," he said.
Pieth's tough talk suggests that he is well sensitized to this issue, but the comments attributed to him suggest that has not yet addressed it head on. It does sound like Pieth's response to the criticism will be to recommend some strong medicine for FIFA. Stay tuned.