PORTLAND, OR – SEPTEMBER 29: Portland Timbers Army fans wave flags and set off smoke bombs after a goal against DC United on September 29, 2012 at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Sepp Blatter’s daughter blames the media, not her father, for Sepp’s downfall as the head of FIFA and believes he will not step down until the February congress as he initially announced.
“The media has ruined his reputation,” Corinne Blatter told Swiss newspaper Blick. “Why are they picking on him? What did he do to them? … It’s not just envy. It’s hatred.”
A host of major sponsors, including Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Visa called for Blatter’s immediate resignation as president of FIFA, to which the 79-year-old swiftly rejected. This all came after Blatter was called in by Swiss authorities for questioning after the opening of an investigation surrounding corporate mismanagement charges.
“I was afraid that they now take him away in handcuffs,” Corinne said. “He told me, ‘I must be dreaming.’ A federal policeman assured me that he could after hearing home.”
Blick pressed Corinne on many issues, all of which she defender her father. She refused to comment on many that had to do with the investigation, but did give us this gem when asked how Sepp likes to spend his money.
“He buys shoes and travel bags. He has worked 40 years. His life is modest, without any extravagance. He doesn’t play golf or go sailing.”
Shoes and handbags. What an image.
The Merseyside Derby needs no introduction.
Everton takes on Liverpool at Goodison Park with both teams eyeing the top portion of the table, live on NBCSN at 8:30 a.m. ET or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.
The Toffees, who finished a disappointing 11th last season, have been one of the most impressive teams in the early going this year, and can jump into the top four with a home win today.
They’re heavily banged up at the back, however, still missing both John Stones and Seamus Coleman along the defensive line. Young central defender Stones missed last week’s win over West Brom with a knee problem, while the experienced Coleman misses his fourth straight match with a hamstring issue. Both were considered a game-time decision. Argentinian Ramiro Funes Mori replaces Stones in the middle, while 21-year-old Tyias Browning makes his third start out wide along the back line.
Meanwhile, despite all the pressure on Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool would move to sixth with a victory today, even with the surprising and impressive West Ham on points.
They’ve got a few important players out as well, with Christian Benteke missing for the fourth match in a row with a hamstring injury. His replacement, Danny Ings, is in fine form scoring goals and proving a complete forward. Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren are all injured as well and continue to miss out.
Everton: Howard; Browning, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Galloway; McCarthy, Barry; Deulofeu, Barkley, Naismith; Lukaku
Subs: Robles, Gibson, Oviedo, Kone, Lennon, Osman, Holgate.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Skrtel, Sakho, Can, Clyne, Moreno, Lucas, Milner, Coutinho, Ings, Sturridge
Subs: Bogdan, Gomez, Rossiter, Allen, Ibe, Lallana, Origi.