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Blatter continues to maintain innocence

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 01:18

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter continues to maintain his innocence of ethics violations charges

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SHOWS: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (APRIL 21, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (German) SEPP BLATTER, FORMER FIFA PRESIDENT, SAYING: "I have nothing to reproach myself for. I haven't done anything wrong that, according to criminal law in Switzerland because that's where I'm being investigated, would be punishable. I have done nothing wrong. Absolutely not." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (German) SEPP BLATTER, FORMER FIFA PRESIDENT, SAYING: "When you pay your debts, you'll be usually praised, they say, 'Ah, those are good people that pay their debts.' I pay a debt and I was suspended. Where are we going then? That's not right. And then they suspended me, the two levels of authority in FIFA, the ethics committee and appeals committee, they said, 'No, it is not bribery and not corruption. What's still there then, when there's no bribery or corruption?" 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (German) SEPP BLATTER, FORMER FIFA PRESIDENT, SAYING: "I am not yet indicted. I am not indicted by the state prosecutor, but they've opened (the case). They could've asked me before, made an inquiry and then say, 'Oh yeah, that's bad, we must...' No. So, that hurts. That hurts. That hurts as a Swiss (person)." STORY: Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter continued to maintain his innocence of the ethics violations charges which have resulted in his six-year ban from soccer at a book launch on Thursday (April 21). Speaking in Zurich at the promotional event for his new book, Sepp Blatter: Mission and Passion Football, the Swiss explained why he is challenging the FIFA appeals committee's decision to ban him from the sport at national and international levels. "I have nothing to reproach myself for. I haven't done anything wrong that, according to criminal law in Switzerland because that's where I'm being investigated, would be punishable. I have done nothing wrong. Absolutely not," he said. Blatter and European soccer head Michel Platini were banned over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) made to Platini in 2011 by FIFA with Blatter's approval for work done a decade earlier, both deny any wrongdoing. "When you pay your debts, you'll be usually praised, they say, 'Ah, those are good people that pay their debts.' I pay a debt and I was suspended. Where are we going then? That's not right. And then they suspended me, the two levels of authority in FIFA, the ethics committee and appeals committee, they said, 'No, it is not bribery and not corruption. What's still there then, when there's no bribery or corruption?" Blatter was also angry that Swiss prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into his dealings without first talking to him. "I am not yet indicted. I am not indicted by the state prosecutor, but they've opened (the case). They could've asked me before, made an inquiry and then say, 'Oh yeah, that's bad, we must...' No. So, that hurts. That hurts. That hurts as a Swiss (person)," he said. Blatter was elected for a fifth term as FIFA president on May 29 but resigned four days later as the soccer global body was engulfed in corruption scandals. ($1 = 0.9663 Swiss francs)

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Blatter continues to maintain innocence

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 01:18