The Terms of Employment of the FIFA General Secretary will terminate on 4 July 2002 and the legal proceedings filed against the FIFA President withdrawn

Seoul, 31 May 2002 - Chaired by President Joseph S. Blatter, the FIFA Executive Committee passed the following decision at its hour-long meeting today, Friday 31 May 2002 in Seoul/Korea:

  • The terms of employment of the General Secretary, Michel Zen-Ruffinen end on 4 July subject to mutual agreement.
  • The General Secretary remains in charge of running the 2002 FIFA World Cupô. The discussions unfolded in a positive way and mutual thanks and gratitude were expressed.
  • On the proposal of Senior Vice President Julio Grondona, the members in attendance at the meeting who had filed legal proceedings against the FIFA President in Zurich agreed to withdraw the proceedings.

    No further details will be announced or comments made in this respect.

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