Sepp Blatter, newly re-elected president of FIFA, tells Swiss broadcaster RTS that arrest of FIFA executive members two days before presidential election was no coincidence.
- If U.S. Justice Department wanted to make arrests in the U.S, Caribbean or South America, they should have done them there, not in Zurich, he says in interview broadcast online
- Says the U.S. lost a bid to host 2022 World Cup and the U.S. soccer federation supported rival candidate Prince Ali from Jordan, a country the U.S. backs
- Blatter says he was “shocked” at accusation of generalized corruption at FIFA made by U.S. Attorney-General Loretta Lynch. Blatter says he would never level such accusations against another organization without being certain about what had gone on
- Blatter says the call for him to resign from Michel Platini, head of the European football federation UEFA was “regrettable.” “Those are not things we do,” he says. “I pardon everyone but I don’t forget.”
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