“We will ban all those involved in shady deals in this country if they are found guilty. This is a country that has talent which no administrator would want to see going to waste. You have work to develop that talent and not to kill it through things such as match-fixing,” Blatter told administrators during a press conference organized for him by Zifa.
The press conference was held after he toured the Zifa Village in Mount Hampden, visited President Robert Mugabe at State House and Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai in the capital.
Blatter told the gathering that FIFA would not hesitate to punish those involved in shady deals in Zimbabwean football including match fixing.
“We have instruments in place that we can use to deal with those elements that are fond of bad behaviour in football. These instruments are there and they shall be used against all those found on the wrong side of the law,” he said.
The world soccer governing body president also disclosed that they had enlisted the services of Interpol to nip all those involved in the scandals.
“From now on, we shall be working with Interpol to investigate some of these malcontents. At FIFA, we do not tolerate corruption and that should cascade to associations countrywide.
“We will make sure that all those that are found guilty do not come back to football for good. They do not deserve space in football,” Blatter said.
Blatter also said he would continue to work with Africa as FIFA president to ensure that the football spot was developed further than what is obtaining.
“We want to see players from Africa taking up their space in the world football. All that depends on you and the people that you work with. Africa has talent. I love Africa and I shall continue working with Africa to develop the continent further,” he added.
The FIFA boss held a meeting with the ZIFA board earlier in the day where he was told of challenges facing the game of football in Zimbabwe.
It is understood that he pledged to assist Zimbabwe get financial support to be able to attend to the various teething problems at the football governing body.
Blatter’s visit comes after persistent requests for him to visit Zimbabwe by the ZIFA chairman, Cuthbert Dube.
This is the first time Blatter has visited Zimbabwe since he was elected into the FIFA presidency. He was recently re-elected as the president- something he says will see him work closely with African nations during his three year tenure.