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I will be appreciated when I’ve gone, says Blatter

 

Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes his critics will realise they have been wrong and will recognise his achievements once he has left soccer’s world governing body.
In an interview with the BBC, the 79-year-old Swiss defended his record at the head of scandal-plagued FIFA and said he was respected in many parts of the world.
Blatter noted he was often subjected to hostile treatment on social media but said: “Go to the world, go to Asia, go to Africa… go to China, ask them what they think about FIFA and Blatter, that’s different.
“At least (I am) respected because I have done a lot. Not only me but FIFA has done a lot and I have served this FIFA. I am sure this will be recognised, that the big job that has been done by FIFA and by myself… (over) 40 years.
“I am sure people are realising that the job I have done in FIFA is a good job, it’s the right job for the development of football, the right job for education of youth,” he added.
“If there are people who don’t like the organisation or don’t like me, they will realise they have been wrong… they will realise that.”
Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term on May 29 but four days later announced he would lay down his mandate as FIFA was engulfed in the worst crisis in its 111-year history.
FIFA was thrown into turmoil when 14 sports marketing executives and soccer officials, including several from FIFA, were indicted in the United States in late May on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges involving more than $150 million in payments.
– Reuters

 
 
 

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