Nadal calls it great news if arrested FIFA officials do corrupt

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Spain's tennis great Rafael Nadal Thursday here called it a great news for football if the senior officials arrested amid a FIFA crisis were confirmed to be guilty.

"I don't have 100% information, and maybe nobody have the 100% information today yet. So it's difficult to talk about," the defending champion responded to Xinhua at a post-match press conference after making the men's singles last 32 with a straight sets win over compatriot Nicolas Almagro at Roland Garros.

"But it's obvious that, I mean, in the world of sport, in the world of football, in the world of tennis, politics, around the world, we need people who are fair and who are ready to work in a good way, being honest.

"And if there is some people that are not being honest with the rest of the people, then they don't deserve to be where they are," he said. "So if that's what happened on that case with some people of FIFA, is great news that these people will not be there again."

"It's important to have the right people at every place," he added.

FIFA were hit on Wednesday when nine high-profile FIFA officials and five corporate executives were arrested in Zurich and charged by the U.S. for racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering.

The crisis came with just two days before the soccer's world governing body to hold the presidential re-election.

Asked his opinion about Sepp Blatter in reign as FIFA's boss for four terms, Nadal expressed his disapproval though.

"It's a tough answer, because at the end of the day I don't want to be involved in these kind of things," he said. "But my thought is for everything in the world, it is good to have combinations in politics, in sport, in world in general.

"And it's good, as I said before, to have the right people in every place. You know, it's good to have the people who knows about what they are doing, in football, in tennis, in countries. It's good to have people that they are prepared and know about what they are doing.

"It's true that I cannot say that you will not be honest if you are in the same place for a long time, but is true that it is easier to be honest for a shorter period of time. The alternation is good in every place of the world, I think." Endite

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