(WFI) Despite the potential of a FIFA ethics ban, presidential candidate Chung Mong-joon has agreed to speak at the Leaders Sport Business Summit on Wednesday.
On Friday, INSIDER exclusively reported FIFA’s Ethics Committee is meeting this week to review its investigation into Chung Mong-joon, who is seeking to replace the beleaguered Sepp Blatter as FIFA president.
The committee is expected to meet on Monday or Tuesday to examine the corruption allegations against Chung, which concern payments he made to Haiti and Pakistan in 2010 he claimed were “charitable donations” not bribes and a proposed $777 million global football development fund linked to South Korea’s 2022 World Cup bid.
The ethics panel could deliver sanctions that end his FIFA presidential campaign.
Conference organisers were uncertain last week if Chung would participate at the annual football conference. But a spokeswoman told INSIDER on Monday that Chung was now confirmed to speak in a session titled ‘A New Chapter: Manifesto for the future of World Football’.
He is likely to use the platform to further criticise Blatter’s leadership and undermine UEFA president Michel Platini’s presidential bid, while outlining his vision to reform scandal-battered FIFA.
“Football’s world governing body stands at a cross-roads with significant changes on the horizon. From financial transparency and alterations to the structures and decision making processes, many key reforms are proposed to create an open and ethical FIFA, and to rebuild its reputation. Chung’s session will highlight his views and vision for the future of football governance,” Leaders said in a statement to INSIDER.
Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein, another FIFA presidential hopeful, and Platini will not be attending the conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge ground. There are no FIFA or UEFA officials on the list of speakers
More than 1500 director-level delegates are attending the 8th annual Leaders Sport Business Summit starting on Wednesday.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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