FIFA President Sepp Blatter expressed his surprise Sunday at public criticism of the world football body by its own anti-corruption advisers and said they were sometimes working outside their mandate.
Blatter said in South Africa that the independent advisers, who Blatter invited in to help FIFA reform in 2011, were sometimes making demands and not recommendations.
''From time to time I realized that it is a deviation of the original objective and they are not coming with solutions, not recommendations, they are coming with decisions that we have (to take) ... and we must,'' Blatter told a small group of reporters. ''But that is not what we have asked for.
''We have asked (them) to give us solutions and we bring these solutions to the (FIFA) congress.
The panel of advisers, chaired by Mark Pieth, said in a report last week that the European body UEFA, in particular, was resisting reform and called on FIFA to ''demonstrate leadership'' and not undermine efforts to reform the body...