Sepp Blatter’s bizarre, ‘delusional’ response to eight-year FIFA ban
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Sepp Blatter has copped an eight-year ban from soccer and vowed to fight it in a bizarre and ‘delusional’ response.
The former FIFA president and his one-time protege Michel Platini have been kicked out of the sport for conflict of interest and disloyalty to FIFA in a $2 million payment deal that is also the subject of a criminal investigation in Switzerland.
Speaking from Zurich, Blatter gave what 3AW Breakfast’s Justin Smith called ‘one of the greatest quotes of anybody under fire of all time’.
I am sorry that I am still somewhere a punching ball.
I am sorry that as president of FIFA I am a punching ball.
I am sorry for football
I am sorry for the 400-plus FIFA members.
I am sorry for how I am treated in this world of humanitarian qualities.
Sports Lawyer principal Paul Horvath said Blatter’s response ‘suggests a really endemic, deep-seated problem’ within FIFA.
He also used the word ‘delusional’ and said football now had a chance to ‘weed out this culture of corruption’.