Berlin - Disgraced former FIFA president
Sepp Blatter has admitted his six-year ban from all football-related activity
has taken a toll on his mental health.
In an interview with German broadcaster ZDF
to be screened Thursday night, the 80-year-old Swiss says the ban has left 'a
mark' on him as he continues the fight to prove his innocence.
"I've been marked by it, because of
what happened to me, this attack on FIFA shocked me. I suffer to this day
because of this blow," he said in the interview, filmed at his home in the
Swiss canton Valais.
Blatter, who underwent treatment for skin
cancer last month, has taken the fight to clear his name to the Court of Arbitration
for Sport (CAS) against the ban, imposed on him and ex-UEFA president Michel
Platini in December 2015 by FIFA's Ethics Committee, for a dubious payment of
Blatter has always protested his innocence
and is convinced his name will be cleared by CAS when his hearing takes place
on August 25 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
"I am not corrupt!" insisted
"The whole situation will be
clarified, and it will happen, I am 100 percent convinced of that: nothing will
stick to Blatter."
In December 2015, FIFA judges originally
banned Blatter and Platini for eight years over the payment Blatter sent to
Platini in 2011.
An appeals body at world football's
governing body reduced their bans to six years in February, citing mitigating
Blatter and Platini have claimed the funds
were part of a legitimate verbal contract in connection with consulting work
that Platini did for FIFA between 1999 and 2002.
Blatter is under criminal investigation in
Switzerland over the transaction and other aspects of his management of FIFA.