As long as he remains in the spotlight, it seems Sepp Blatter will also remain on the defensive. And the BBC’s Richard Conway pulled very few punches in a lengthy interview with the FIFA’s embattled president.
Blatter continues to defy the charges lofted at him and his organization, claiming that his sport doesn’t have a problem, but the people do.
In a bit of “Bribes don’t kill FIFA. People kill FIFA”, Blatter is staying defiant in an interview with Conway.
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Also speaking about the credit he deserves for growing the game, especially women’s soccer, Blatter goes on for 20-plus minutes with Conway. He speaks about his legacy, public opinion and more.
He says, “I am not responsible morally for these people. In sporting behavior I am responsible, but not for what they are doing. We, even in FIFA, we have no rights to go to any confederation to ask them what they are doing with their money. It is their problem.”
Blatter later, in a surprising bit of business even for him, claims a leader can’t control other leaders.
“It’s not the head of state who is responsible, it is the government.”
“I know what I have done, what I have not done, I have my conscience and I know I’m an honest man. I am clean.”
But in an exclusive interview with the BBC’s Richard Conway, Blatter said: “The institution is not corrupt, there is no corruption in football, there is corruption with individuals. It is the people.”
Watch the entire video below: