With the aftermath of the end of his FIFA presidency still rumbling on, Sepp Blatter has admitted that he feels deceived by those who were around him at the governing body.
Blatter’s remarks come after the German newspaper Spiegel published that FIFA’s senior lawyer Marco Villiger had hired the US firm Quinn Emanuel in December 2014 to defend the institution’s interests with US authorities.
At that time, it was not yet known that the US Department of Justice were to order the large scale detention of FIFA officials in May 2015 for a massive corruption case, but the contract raises the suspicion that some in the organisation already knew that something was going to happen.
In January, 142 days before the arrests at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, former FIFA financial director Markus Kattner and former Secretary-General Jerome Valcke signed the contract, without informing Blatter, who considers that there was a plot against him.
“Hard words [betrayed and cheated], but yes, I guess so,” he told Switzerland’s Blick publication.
“And also deceived. They knew at FIFA that the US was threatening something, but the boss was not informed.
“It seems like an internally rigged and wrong game.”
Blatter also claimed that the then Swiss president and current justice minister Simonetta Sommaruga was aware of the list, but allegedly did not report to the other six members of the Federal Council.
Finally, he stated that he’ll never return to FIFA even though he wants his legacy protected.
“No,” said Blatter. “The only thing I want is that my work is recognised.
“A Muslim believer told me: Do not lose your energy to defend yourself. Society will defend you.”