Argentine football great Diego Maradona on Wednesday applauded the arrest of top FIFA officials in an anti-corruption sting, and warned that Sepp Blatter, the president of world football`s governing body, may be next.
Maradona said he was “enjoying” the news of the arrest of seven officials, including two FIFA vice-presidents, in a dawn raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich.
They face deportation to the United States on charges of accepting more than $150 million in bribes, and the outspoken former star said Blatter could follow in their footsteps.
“Watch out, Blatter may have to go the United States to explain himself. They`ve been after him for 10 years,” he told Buenos Aires radio station La Red.
The crackdown came two days before Blatter seeks a fifth term as the head of the multi-billion-dollar organization.