Protesters took to the streets of Zurich on Thursday to demand the resignation of FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Sean Carberry reports.
With top FIFA officials charged with corruption, protesters in Zurich took to the streets, calling for FIFA President Sepp Blatter to step down. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER ALAPHIA ZOYAB SAYING: "He has been the head honcho of this organisation where corruption has been rampant, he has not taken responsibility for it, he needs to go." Protesters say FIFA has turned a blind eye to a system of slavery in the construction of venues for the 2022 World Cup in Doha. Though, the indictments resulting from the US investigation center on corruption in the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 cup to Qatar. Wolfgang Niersbach, president of the German Football Association agrees Blatter must go...for the good of the game. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF GERMAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (DFB), WOLFGANG NIERSBACH (pron.: NEERS-buck), SAYING: "It's not a question if he is in some cases, if he is guilty or not guilty, involved or not involved. It's time for change." Blatter says the corruption scandal has brought shame and humiliation to football. But, he denies involvement. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENT SEPP BLATTER, SAYING: "We, or I cannot monitor everyone all the time. If people want to do wrong they will also try to hide it." Blatter, who is seeking a fifth term as FIFA president, has the support of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin says the United States has no right to order the arrest of foreign citizens outside US soil. He told an interviewer that Blatter had been pressured to strip Russia of its rights to host the 2018 World Cup... and accuses the US of trying to extend its jurisdiction to other states. The FIFA arrests he says, have "nothing to do with us"