Platini deal was ‘gentleman’s agreement’ – FIFA’s Blatter
“It was a contract I had with Platini, a gentleman’s agreement,” the 79-year-old said in an interview with Swiss media RROTV.
“It was implemented. I can’t give any more details, the issue is being discussed in two investigations.”
Asked directly if the contract had been made within the rules, Blatter added: “Yes, certainly, it was within the rules.”
Blatter and Platini, 60, have both been suspended for 90 days by FIFA’s ethics committee as Swiss authorities conduct a criminal investigation into corruption allegations at the scandal-tainted world football governing body.
Blatter defiantly backed his right to discuss the ongoing controversy and investigation.
“I don’t have the right to go to a football stadium, but I do have the right to talk to whoever I want,” he added.
“I am not sidelined, I am only suspended.”
Blatter, who has been in charge of FIFA since 1998, still intends to be present when the FIFA congress meets on February 26 to elect a new president.
“My goal is to preside over the congress, that is my objective. I don’t believe it will be postponed.”
Blatter also blasted the international media for “pre-judging” him, saying his suspension had been a “shock.”
He added he was baffled by the decision to bar him from his office.
“I have not stolen, I haven’t killed, I haven’t favored anybody!”
The suspension, he said, had given him “time to think” and that he was “doing fine, even if it is a difficult period.”
You may be interested
Drugs flown from Costa Rica to US for destructionAlejandro Zúñiga - June 24, 2021
A United States military aircraft last week transported 39.2 metric tons of drugs seized in Costa Rica to North America…
MOPT leader investigated for corruption in Costa RicaAFP and The Tico Times - June 24, 2021
The Minister of Public Works and Transportation of Costa Rica, Rodolfo Méndez, became one of those investigated in relation to…
Human rights body demands protection of Nicaraguan oppositionAFP - June 24, 2021
The Organization of American States' human rights arm on Wednesday urged its judicial counterpart to protect four opposition Nicaraguan politicians…