Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter answers questions during a panel discussion in Basel, Switzerland April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
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Sepp Blatter says it was "not acceptable" to be accused at a public event Friday that he stayed silent while likely knowing that senior FIFA officials were corrupt.Ocampo suggested Blatter had known about bribery which U.S. federal prosecutors revealed last May in a sprawling indictment that rocked FIFA in its presidential election week.Ocampo also said Blatter likely knew -- and said nothing -- about misconduct implicating long-time FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, who has denied any wrongdoing.Blatter was forced out after more than 17 years as FIFA president by the international bribery scandal.Uruguayan lawyer Juan Pedro Damiani was appointed in 2006 by the Blatter-chaired FIFA executive committee to the ethics panel, and won election in 2013 by FIFA member federations to retain his place.Blatter is currently awaiting a hearing date at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to appeal against a six-year ban by FIFA which he called "shameful".
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