FIFA President Sepp Blatter has made a massive u-turn in his attempt to satisfy the intense demand throughout football for transparency in FIFA.

He will now call for the release of papers by the High Court in the Swiss canton of Zug which previously FIFA had tried to keep secret.

The documents relate to a criminal investigation into the collapse of FIFA’s former marketing partner International Sport and Leisure (ISL) and are believed to show that senior FIFA officials received bribes in return for granting ISL lucrative World Cup television and sponsorship rights during the 1990s.

It is alleged that two of those involved were former President Joao Havelange and his former son-in-law Ricardo Teixeira, who is a FIFA Executive Committee member and the Chairman of the World Cup 2014 Organising Committee.

Teixeira is alleged to have received £6.4 million via a company based in the tax haven of Liechtenstein.

Last year, lawyers acting for FIFA and the officials named attempted to pay £3.9 million to settle the case and keep their identities secret.

In May this year FIFA appealed for the second time against a Swiss prosecutor’s decision to make them available to the public. The case is due to be heard later this month.

Blatter is now embarking on a high risk strategy which could alienate a number of his FIFA Executive Committee members.

He is under immense pressure to fulfil the commitment to zero tolerance on corruption which he made during the FIFA Presidential Election Campaign.

This about turn will be part of a package which Blatter will present to the FIFA Executive Committee on 20th October.

Other proposals will be to reform the Executive Committee, make the controversial Ethics Committee totally independent, change the voting procedures for selecting the World Cup hosts and set up a Solutions Committee, composed of non-football figures who will look at the big issues facing the sport.

Nobody should ever under-estimate Blatter’s ability to survive a crisis.

But how will those who do not survive react?

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