“I am sorry that I am, as President of FIFA, a punching ball and I am sorry for football." That was the reaction of FIFA President Sepp Blatter, after it was announced earlier today (Dec 21st) that he and UEFA boss, Michel Platini have been suspended for eight years from all football-related activities following an ethics investigation.
The FIFA ethics committee found Blatter and Platini had demonstrated an "abusive execution" of their positions and were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) "disloyal payment" made to Platini in 2011. The same ethics committee had banned former FIFA vice president Jack Warner for life in September for acts of misconduct and corruption.
In a news conference following the announcement, an emotional 79 year old Blatter said "I am sorry for me, how I am taunted in this world of humanity, I am now suspended eight years, but I will fight for me and I will fight for FIFA." He spoke with conviction, truly believing that he has been wronged, speaking in English, German, French and even a bit of Spanish during his rant. Blatter added that he will appeal the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
“I am still the president, even suspended, I am the president,” Blatter said, “the president must be relieved of his duties, otherwise you cannot elect another president”
The FIFA Presidential elections will take place on February 26th, 2016. Former Trinidad and Tobago Footballer David Nahkid had lost his appeal last week to contest the elections, and has yet to make a statement on the ruling of the ethics committee on Blatter.
Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago Football Association President, David John Williams told TS Access News that he has no comment on the matter and will be waiting until the result of Blatter’s appeal is known