Sepp Blatter has accused England of attempting to “destroy” Fifa in revenge for losing the Fifa presidency in 1974.
“This animosity comes from England. The timing of the accusations is interesting. It was just around the time when they failed to win hosting rights to the 2018 World Cup. Three weeks before the presidential election these accusations emerged.
“Let me tell you the truth: All this has been an act of revenge for [England’s Sir Stanley Rous] having lost the Fifa presidency in 1974 to [Brazil’s] João Havelange. Still, they cannot accept that they no longer control Fifa. Since they cannot regain the presidency, they decided they would try to destroy it.”
Asked about the corruption allegations aimed at his organisation, the Fifa president told the Brazilian newspaper Estado de São Paulo: “I would like to say the following: We have bad losers in Fifa. Also we have to say that some of our actors and two of our key players have not behaved well.
But we have started to take action. Now I ask that the press allows us the necessary time to apply the changes that will be proposed. On 21 October I will announce those proposals.”