Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter insists he has no preferred candidate to take

his place but says he has spoken with four of the five contenders in the build-up to

this week’s election. 

“I can’t take sides, it’s not possible,” said Blatter as he took to the airwaves Thursday

evening for a one-hour interview a week before he is replaced. Asked whether

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, who took him on and lost in May, was the candidate who

had not sought his views, he replied: “You can deduce it was perhaps him that was

against me.”

But Blatter also revealed, tellingly, that “several” of FIFA’s 209 member federations

had called asking him how they should vote. “Vote with your conscience. Vote for

who you find good,” Blatter said he told them. “Do what you feel is best for FIFA in

your soul.”

In a live interview, Blatter, who soon turns 80, repeated many of his claims about

why FIFA fell into a corruption crisis. He himself is subject of criminal proceedings

opened by Switzerland’s attorney general. Once again he accused the American

authorities of trying to “take control of FIFA,” once again he implied that it was

because the US lost out to Qatar in a bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Platini is innocent, as I am innocent. Sepp Blatter He said.

Jeriah Udi

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