Berlin: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said he was “condemned without any evidence” amid the corruption scandal rocking the world football’s governing body he is running and confirmed that he has no intention of quitting his post until February 2016.
“It is outrageous. I am being condemned without there being any evidence for wrongdoing,” Efe quoted Blatter as saying on Wednesday.
The FIFA president insisted that he will leave office, as announced at the time, on February 26, 2016, during the extraordinary congress of FIFA which will elect his successor.
Swiss prosecutors opened proceedings against Blatter in September, amid the corruption scandal of his organisation, which produced pressure on him to leave office.
Earlier this month, three of the major sponsors of FIFA — Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Visa — demanded the immediate withdrawal of Blatter after accusations of alleged bribery.
Blatter, who is heading FIFA since 1998, was re-elected president in late May, but days later he resigned in light of the corruption scandal and the FIFA Congress will convene in February to hold new elections.
First Published | 8 October 2015 12:37 PM