FIFA boss points finger at media over portrayal as corrupt

WHO ME? FIFA president Sepp Blatter continues to deny corruption allegations.
WHO ME? FIFA president Sepp Blatter continues to deny corruption allegations. FABRICE Coffriniafp

DEDICATED to the exposure of organised crime, the Mob Museum in Las Vegas will open an exhibit on FIFA next month, but the outgoing president of football's world governing body continues to insist all is well.

In an interview with the BBC, Sepp Blatter stridently defended both his and the beleaguered organisation's reputations.

"I know what I have done, what I have not done - I have my conscience and I know I'm an honest man," Blatter said.

"I am clean. I am not a worried man.

"I can't understand when the media, the world media, say FIFA is corrupt.

"The institution is not corrupt - there is no corruption in football.

"There is corruption with individuals. There is not a general organised corruption."

Blatter, 79, has been in charge at FIFA since 1998 and will step down as president in February.

FIFA is being investigated over allegations of bribery and corruption, including in the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.

The US Department of Justice has levelled corruption allegations against seven FIFA officials, including now suspended vice-president Jeffrey Webb.

Topics:  corruption fifa football media soccer

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