BERLIN (AP) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he is not corrupt and that he has a “clear conscience” despite corruption investigations into world soccer’s governing body.
Four days after being re-elected for a fifth term, Blatter said on June 2 that he would step down amid a crisis provoked by American and Swiss federal investigations of corruption linked to FIFA.
American law enforcement officials have confirmed that Blatter is a target of their investigation into widespread bribery and racketeering linked to broadcast rights and hosting votes for international tournaments.
Blatter tells Thursday’s edition of German weekly Bunte, extracts of which were released Wednesday, that “Whoever accuses me of being corrupt has to prove it to me first. But nobody can do that because I’m not corrupt.”