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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

Blatter rejects crisis talk as FIFA scandal widens


ZURICH – With FIFA facing its worst scandal in its 107-year history, a seething Sepp Blatter denied his organization is in crisis Monday as he moved closer to a fourth term as president of soccer’s ruling body and the crisis spread to the vote for the 2022 World Cup.

Sepp Blatter

With his only challenger, Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar, suspended along with FIFA Vice President Jack Warner because of bribery allegations, Blatter acknowledged two days before the election that the two had done “great damage” to soccer.

During an impromptu and sometimes raucous news conference at FIFA headquarters, Blatter gave staccato answers and lectured journalists to behave with “respect” and “elegance” when questioning his 13-year rule.

“You are not in a bazaar here, you are in the FIFA house,” Blatter scolded one reporter.


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