#ASEDEYHOT – BLATTER TELLS FEDS TO VOTE WITH THEIR CONSCIENCE
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
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
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.