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It was very long, given the number of questions, it was obviously always going to be long, since they asked me questions over Euro 2016, the World Cup in Russia, the World Cup in Qatar, Paris Saint Germain, FIFA, i replied to all the questions calmly, whilst still not knowing why I was there.
Found on Reuters 3 years ago
UEFA has a very strong executive committee and also an administration that throughout the last four months has been run by its competent staff, by its directors and faced no particular issues.
I will fight this to the end.
I hope in the end it will not be a difficult situation, I hope there will be a coordination and we will find a solution.
More than a sense of injustice or desire for revenge, I am driven by a profound feeling of staunch defiance, i am more determined than ever to defend myself before the relevant judicial bodies.
Found on CNN 7 years ago
During this last half-century or so, FIFA has only had two presidents, recent events force the supreme governing body of world soccer to turn over a new leaf and rethink its governance.
This was a very personal, carefully considered decision, one in which I weighed up the future of soccer alongside my own future.
I know what is his strategy, his strategy is to bring all the congresses, to have some speakers in the room, to convince ... the most to vote for him, and then at the end he will say, 'Look at the democracy. Democracy of the most numbers, they will say that I have to stay. And I will stay. '.
His strategy is to bring all the congresses, to have some speakers in the room, to convince ... the most to vote for him, and then at the end he will say, 'Look at the democracy. Democracy of the most numbers, they will say that I have to stay. And I will stay. '.
He is simply scared of the future, as he has given his life to the institution, to the point where he now identifies himself fully with FIFA, i understand the fear of that emptiness that he must have; it's natural. But if he really loves FIFA, he should have put its interests ahead of his own.
He (Blatter) asked us face to face to support him for what would be his last mandate, i have the disagreeable feeling of having proffered my support on the basis of a lie.
Another European candidate would have very little chance of winning.
Found on Reuters 8 years ago
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