FIFA boss Blatter to skip Champions League final

May 28, 2011 - 8:59 AM
FIFA Bribery Blatter

FILE - A Tuesday March 22, 2011 photo from files showing FIFA president Sepp Blatter as he delivers his speech during the 35th Ordinary UEFA Congress at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. FIFA began investigating its own president Sepp Blatter on Friday in a widening bribery scandal just days before his scheduled election contest with Mohamed bin Hammam. FIFA said Blatter is alleged to have turned a blind eye to bribes being paid, and must submit a statement by Saturday before facing its ethics committee at a hearing on Sunday. (AP Photo/ Francois Mori, File)

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter is skipping the Champions League final in London to prepare for his appearance at a bribery scandal hearing Sunday.

Blatter's adviser, Brian Alexander, says FIFA's chief will not attend Saturday's match between Barcelona and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.

Blatter would traditionally attend UEFA's showpiece club match, where he could have met leaders of 53 European soccer federations who have votes in the FIFA presidential election scheduled for Wednesday.

Blatter and Mohamed bin Hammam, the only other candidate, have been summmoned to appear before FIFA's ethics committee Sunday morning in Zurich.

Bin Hammam is accused of bribing Caribbean voters, and Blatter is alleged to have ignored corruption attempts.