Sepp Blatter defended FIFA’s battered reputation on Monday as the outgoing president insisted he is clean and there is no systemic corruption at world football’s governing body.
Blatter will officially step down in February amid two criminal investigations into the allegations of bribery and corruption at FIFA.
Blatter, who has been FIFA president since 1998, was elected for a fifth term in May, but then shocked football by standing down as the corruption scandal intensified. But the 79-year-old Swiss remains adamant he has done nothing wrong, claiming FIFA had been dragged down by the actions of rogue individuals.
“I know what I have done, what I have not done, I have my conscience and I know I’m an honest man. I am clean. I am not a worried man,” Blatter told the BBC. “I did it because I wanted to protect FIFA. I can protect myself. I am strong enough.” – Agence France-Presse