Blatter asks Morales to resolve debt crisis

FIFA president Joseph Blatter is asking the government of

Bolivia president Evo Morales to help resolve the debt crisis of

the country’s football federation.

In July, Bolivian tax authorities impounded assets of the

country’s football federation and froze its bank accounts, looking

to recover a reported $3.4 million in unpaid taxes.

In a letter released Tuesday by the Bolivian Football

Federation, Blatter asked Morales to arrange a meeting ”as soon as

possible” with top-ranking officials of FIFA and CONMEBOL, the

Paraguay-based governing body for South American football.

FIFA could hit Bolivian clubs and the national team with

sanctions if the debt issue is not resolved.