FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter admitted Thursday his organization has lost the trust of the global community, but he insisted he cannot be responsible for keeping corruption from happening.
Blatter, who has headed international soccer's governing body since 1998, is widely expected to win re-election on Friday despite the U.S. criminal case brought against several top officials on Wednesday. The embattled chief addressed the scandal during the opening ceremonies of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich.
"The next few months will not be easy for FIFA. I'm sure more bad news may follow," Blatter said. "But it is necessary to begin to restore trust in our organization."
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Still, Blatter stressed his confidence that he was the man to lead the organization out of its corruption problem—no matter if the issues occurred on his watch.
"I know many people hold me ultimately responsible for the actions and reputation of the global football community, whether it's the decision for the hosting of a World Cup or a corruption scandal," he said. "We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time. If people want to do wrong, they will also try to hide it."