Sepp Blatter: England And FA Lies Caused Fifa Crisis

Zurich president blames media and Wembley chiefs for causing trouble.

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Fifa president Sepp Blatter blames the English media and and the Football Association for creating the bribery and corruption crisis that rocked the governing body.

The 75-year-old, was elected unopposed for a fourth term on Wednesday, faces a tough task in restoring Fifa’s credibility in the eyes of the world.

Four members of the executive committee were suspended following allegations of accepting bribes emerged in the Sunday Times.

Last month Fifa vice-president, Jack Warner, and the president of the Asian Football Confederation, Mohamed bin Hammam, were also banned following attempts to bribe officials in the Caribbean.

Bin Hammam was also supposed to run against Blatter for the presidency of Fifa but had to withdraw last week because of the scandal.

The FA tried to have the election delayed until another candidate could be found but were defeated by Blatter’s cronies.

Blatter again distanced himself from his 24-man executive committee, saying it would not have accepted the reforms passed by Congress – at which each of the 208 member associations has one vote.

“I have strengthened my will to fight because I’m convinced that much, or most, of what FIFA has been accused is not correct,” he said in an interview with Tagesanzeiger.

“Astonishingly, it always comes from the same corners… the English FA president (David Bernstein) said almost tearfully: ‘It gives me no pleasure to say this’. So why did he say it, then?

“Have a quick look back at how the president of UEFA and other confederations were elected and how many candidates there were,” he added.

“FIFA is not corrupt. I cannot start with the word corrupt. Someone is only corrupt when he is been found guilty.

“I have been given good a beating and I have two cauliflower ears.

“I had to wait until I had the right platform for them, which was Congress. I have always said that my partners in FIFA are the national associations, who choose me.

“In the executive are people who are chosen by the confederations. After two members were suspended in November, I knew I must do something.”

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