Criticized on all sides after a series of scandals, FIFA's executive committee members should not be publicly targeted by the governing body's anti-corruption advisers, President Sepp Blatter said Friday.
Blatter said at a news conference that a reform drive was working and restoring FIFA's credibility. He renewed FIFA's call for world soccer to fight match-fixing and illegal betting, and added the body would seek to protect players who reported attempts to fix games.
''We are not a corrupt, or a mafia organization,'' he said. ''It is always a question of perception and the question of reality. We are in a good mood and in a good moment, and I am sure that we will be able to succeed.''
Blatter said he met the expert panel led by Mark Pieth on Thursday and corrected remarks the Swiss law professor made in Denmark last week.
Pieth had told a sports governance conference that ''older'' FIFA elected officials were resisting the reform proposals that Blatter invited his group to prop...