Sepp Blatter came out fighting Monday after FIFA’s Ethics Committee banned the Swiss and Michel Platini from all football-related activities for eight years.
Blatter said he was being treated like a “punching ball” and maintained he was still the FIFA President and “a man of principles.”
I’m really sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry that I am still somewhere a punching ball, Blatter said at a press conference at FIFA’s former headquarters at Sonnenberg, Zurich.
I’m sorry for me for, how I’m tainted in this world of humanitarian qualities,” Blatter added.
Even suspended I am the President. I am not ashamed. I not regret. If you go in depth of how this is presented. You will there to condemn this FIFA President at the very beginning. He should know. I am not conscious of the people I can elect.
I will always repeat that. I am a man of principles. These principles are never taking money you have never earned and pay your debts.”
Blatter also claimed FIFA’s Ethics Committee has no right to go against him and said he would be appealing the ban.
We will go once again to the Appeal Committee,” he said. “I’m a Swiss citizen. In the Swiss law you wouldn’t be suspended for eight years — you will have had to commit something very, very important.”
I am fighting not for me, but as the elected President of FIFA … and they have cut me off,” Blatter added. “We have to defend ourselves, I hope Platini feels the same.”