Blatter is that he had nothing to do with RS gold CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, but he knew," said Ocampo, once a candidate to be FIFA's lead ethics investigator."Even (if) he was not involved, why was he silent?" the Argentine lawyer told the audience of about 400 people, claiming that "probably (Blatter) knew and he decided to stay in silence."Ocampo also said Blatter likely knew — and said nothing — about misconduct implicating long-time FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, who has denied any wrongdoing.
Blatter's right-hand man since 2007 was fired by FIFA in January, banned for 12 years by the ethics committee and is the subject of criminal proceedings opened last month by Switzerland's attorney general.When Ocampo finished the closing remarks, Blatter joined in applause and reached out to shake hands as his critic walked by.Minutes later backstage, however, Blatter said he was "very unhappy" with the accusation by Ocampo, who is a visiting lecturer at Harvard University."It is not acceptable. It is not acceptable," Blatter told reporters. "
I was very surprised at Mr. Ocampo invited here for this seminar and then to make such an accusation. Perhaps he is a little bit disappointed because he was the first candidate to be the chair of the ethics committee."In 2012, Ocampo was proposed to be FIFA's first ethics prosecutor by a FIFA advisory group led by Swiss law professor Mark Pieth, who organized Friday's event.
Ocampo's appointment was blocked, reportedly due to the influence of then-FIFA senior vice president Julio Grondona of Argentina, who died in 2014 and has since been linked to the bribery conspiracy. Instead, FIFA picked Michael Garcia, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.Blatter was forced out after more than 17 years as FIFA president by the international bribery scandal.