FIFA President Sepp Blatter has asked for time to clear up corruption allegations involving soccer's scandal-ridden governing body.
Blatter and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Wednesday sidestepped questions about a life ban issued to former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam and tried to focus on the announcement of the dates for the 2014 World Cup.
The qualifying draw for the 2014 tournament in Brazil will be made in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, one week after suspended Asian Football Confederation president bin Hammam was banished from soccer over allegations he tried to bribe Caribbean soccer leaders.
Blatter says, "There is a lot of work already on the table. Give us the time to go step by step."