Mark Pieth will examine past scandals

Updated: December 7, 2011, 8:37 AM ET
Associated Press

ZURICH -- The anti-corruption expert FIFA appointed to advise Sepp Blatter on cleaning up world soccer's governing body says he will address previous allegations of wrongdoing.

Responding to attacks on his integrity, Mark Pieth says looking at FIFA's past is "necessary" to understand the "risk scenarios."

The Basel University professor says his Independent Governance Committee has "absolutely no objection to an investigation."

Former FIFA consultants Transparency International left Blatter's reform process last week, claiming Pieth's panel was not truly independent.

The anti-corruption watchdog also said FIFA wasn't interested in resolving past scandals.

Pieth says he will meet soon with investigative journalists who are "experts on FIFA's past."

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