Sepp: In his own words
Sepp Blatter hasfamously put his foot in his own mouth on many occasions in the past.
“I am the president now, the president of everybody,”
– Blatter after winning a fifth term as head of FIFA.
“Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men – such as playing with a lighter ball.
– Blatter’s suggestion for increasing the popularity of women’s football in 2004
“I could understand it if it had happened in Africa, but not in Italy.”
– Blatter, speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport in March 2006 as a match-fixing scandal came to light in Italy’s top two divisions.
“Listen, this is a special approach in the Anglo-Saxon countries. If this had happened in, let’s say, Latin countries then I think he would have been applauded.”
– Blatter tells the Press Association in February 2010 that John Terry should not have been sacked as England captain amid allegations – subsequently revealed to be untrue – of an extra-marital affair.
“I’d say they should refrain from any sexual activities.”
– Blatter, asked in December 2010 if he foresaw any problems for gay fans travelling to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.
“There is no racism [on the field], but maybe there is a word or gesture that is not correct. The one affected by this should say ‘this is a game’ and shake hands.”
– Blatter, speaking to CNN in November 2011, after Luis Suarez was charged with racially abusing Patrice Evra. The FIFA president later said his comments had been misunderstood.
“I am a mountain goat that keeps going and going and going, I cannot be stopped, I just keep going.”
– Blatter explains the secret of his longevity to Swiss newspaper NZZ a few days before he is re-elected for a fifth term.