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Sunday 4 December 2016

Sepp: In his own words

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, is congratulated by FIFA President Sepp Blatter (R) after winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2014
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, is congratulated by FIFA President Sepp Blatter (R) after winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2014

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.

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