Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX Shutterstock (4805674ad) Sepp Blatter 65th FIFA Congress, Zurich, Switzerland - 30 May 2015

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX Shutterstock (4805674ad)
Sepp Blatter
65th FIFA Congress, Zurich, Switzerland ? 30 May 2015

Sepp Blatter has launched another astonishing attack on England, claiming criticism of Fifa during his reign was rooted in ?envy? over the country?s loss of its presidency more than 40 years ago.

Blatter also insisted ? yet again ? that he was not responsible for the crises to have engulfed football?s world governing body, suggesting his detractors would blame him if they could even for the stoppage-time own goal that knocked England out of the Women?s World Cup.

In his latest wide-ranging interview since announcing he would step down as president of Fifa after it became engulfed in the worst scandal in sporting history, Blatter said criticism of him was rooted in envy.

Recalling the FBI-led dawn raids and arrest of several senior football officials that sent the organisation into meltdown two days before Fifa?s congress in May, the Swiss told right-wing weekly Weltwoche: ?This envy has been festering for years. Envy is a predicate to jealousy. And jealousy is rooted in love. This can however turn to hate. And that?s what happened when this tsunami hit us two days before the congress.?

Tracing the origins of this ?envy? back to Brazilian ­Jo?o Havelange?s victory over England?s Sir Stanley Rous at the 1974 Fifa elections, Blatter added: ?At that point, England lost their supremacy over their beloved sport, and also over athletics? The English suffer by no longer being able to control football. This is where the attacks against Fifa originated.?

Blatter was also quizzed over why he had failed to do more to prevent any wrongdoing within his organisation.

He answered sarcastically: ?I not only see everything, I?m responsible for everything, even for the English women?s own goal at the World Cup recently. . . .Am I responsible for climate change, too??

Blatter insisted he could not be blamed for the actions of individuals from Fifa?s continental confederations, despite them being members of his own executive committee.

The 79-year-old, who refused to rule out categorically clinging on to his job, added: ?It is impossible to stamp out robbery and murder, even with a functioning courts system down to community level. Football is not better than our society.?

Blatter?s latest interview was published on the same day as Fifa banned for life fraudster-turned-super-grass Chuck Blazer.

Disgraced former Fifa executive Blazer, who in 2013 secretly pleaded guilty in the United States to bribery and financial offences, was found by its ethics committee to have breached rules on loyalty, confidentiality, duty of disclosure, conflicts of interest, offering and accepting gifts and bribery and corruption.

Blazer turned FBI informant after being charged in the US, carrying a recording device to gather evidence against his Fifa colleagues at the London Olympics.

Source: Telegraph

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