Monday 19 August 2019

No word on Blatter watch

FIFA has refused to clarify whether president Sepp Blatter was a recipient of a £16,400 watch - one of 65 given to football executives that now have to be returned.

FIFA's ethics committee yesterday ordered all the Parmigiani watches, given by the Brazilian FA to the 28 FIFA executive committee members and the heads of the 32 associations who played in the World Cup, to be returned by October 24. FA chairman Greg Dyke and Michel Platini (pictured) were among the recipients but both said they had no idea of the value of the Swiss watches.

Asked whether Blatter had received a watch and if so had he returned the gift, FIFA said in a statement: "The deadline to return the watches by any person who received one is no later than 24 October 2014 as stipulated by the investigatory chamber in its statement yesterday. Please understand that we cannot communicate about individuals."

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