The head of soccer’s world governing body said on Thursday that many of the match-fixing allegations reported by Europol earlier this week have already been reviewed and taken care of by FIFA and said the ball is now in the court of government officials to take action.
The European police body said earlier this week that there were 380 “suspicious” matches played in Europe and an additional 300 across the globe that may have been influenced by organized crime.
“Most of the matches which they put in this tray, 600 or 800, have already been analyzed, dealt with and even were in court [already],” Blatter said.
He did acknowledged there is a widespread match-fixing problem but also alluded to FIFA’s powerlessness to do anything.
“We are in a game where there are always cheats,” Blatter said. “The cheats will never be stopped.”
He then urged nations to introduce new legislation to curb match-fixing which will penalize those behind illegal activity which is threatening the sport.