Blatter denies corruption allegations

Banned Fifa president Sepp Blatter

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Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has protested his innocence of corruption allegations as football’s governing body prepares to elect his successor.

The 79-year-old Swiss awaits the outcome of an appeal against an eight-year ban from the sport.

Blatter also insisted the vote to host the 2022 World Cup was not fixed, saying: “You cannot buy a World Cup.”

“I am sure there is justice in this world and that I have committed nothing which goes to criminal law,” he said.

Blatter told The Times: “I have killed nobody, I have not robbed a bank, I have not taken any money from anywhere and I was even treating well all my ex-girlfriends.

“It’s true. They defend me. One I was married to only for a few months and she is really defending me.”

Blatter won a fifth Fifa presidential election in May but was banned for eight years for a “disloyal payment” of £1.3m to Uefa president Michel Platini.

He is also under investigation for alleged criminal mismanagement, but has always denied any wrongdoing.

Blatter returned to Fifa headquarters this week as his appeal was heard, with his successor set to be elected on 26 February.

Fifa’s ethics committee hopes to increase his punishment to a lifetime ban.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne are the five candidates to replace Blatter as president.

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