LONDON • Fifa presidential candidate Chung Mong Joon said yesterday that he plans to start legal action against world football leader Sepp Blatter.
The South Korean, who faces suspension by Fifa's independent ethics committee, condemned Blatter for refusing to divulge his salary and "secretive" management.
"That is why I plan to sue Mr Blatter for embezzlement," he said at the Sport Leaders convention held in London.
He added that Blatter had "repeatedly meddled" in the elections of major football confederations that make up Fifa.
"In short, Mr Blatter is a hypocrite and a liar," he said.
The South Korean billionaire, who said on Tuesday that he faces a 15-year ban from football activities for alleged vote-trading and other actions during bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, is one of three leading candidates to be Fifa president in an election set for February.
Uefa president Michel Platini and Prince Ali Al Hussein are also standing. French football legend Platini, however, has also been dragged into the storm engulfing Fifa over a two million Swiss francs (S$2.9 million) payment he received from the organisation in 2011 for consulting work done between 1998 and 2002.
Blatter, meanwhile, has made it clear he will not resign as Fifa president and is determined to fight right up until the Feb 26 election.
"I will only stop (working) on February 26 and not a day before," the 79-year-old Swiss told German magazine Bunte, which is due out today.
"I will fight until February 26. For me. And for Fifa.
"I am convinced that evil will come into the light and good will triumph."
Major sponsors Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Visa and Budweiser had called for his immediate resignation last week. But the Swiss repeated his assertion that he will not bow to pressure.
"Those are just the Americans," he said, before insisting other Fifa sponsors, such as German sportswear firm adidas and Russian energy giant Gazprom, "still stood behind me".
In the interview, he revealed he does not feel concerned though Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation against him for mismanagement.
"This is just an investigation. There are no charges. I will comply with the procedure and will cooperate with the authorities," he said.