Blatter was accused last month by Jack Warner, his former ally...
Any investigation by Fifa's ethics committee has to be initiated by Blatter himself, the secretary-general, Jérôme Valcke or the executive committee as a whole, and no investigation or reference to the ethics committee followed Warner's remarkable allegation against Blatter. Warner was not interviewed by anybody. Instead Fifa simply issued a statement rejecting his claim.
This inconsistent response, and Blatter's recent emphasis on "putting the past to bed", has reinforced for many a sense of him clinging to his position at Fifa by means of his road map, not genuinely wanting to root out alleged wrongdoing during his presidency.
Since the... vote to host the 2018 World Cup, the dyke has burst on a flood of Fifa corruption stories. Seven members of Fifa's executive committee – its most senior decision‑making body, which awards the World Cup – have faced serious allegations, finally and most recently including Blatter himself. Yet the differing official reaction by Fifa to the allegations, with Blatter's rivals banned for life but no investigation even started into him, has itself illustrated a core fault line in the organisation's credibility.