Putin rubbishes Blatter claims

2011-05-28 08:06

Moscow - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday backed FIFA president Sepp Blatter, calling all corruption allegations against him "rubbish".

"What I see right now makes me perplexed, to put it mildly, to accuse the Swiss, Blatter, of corruption - that is utter rubbish!" Putin said, commenting on the FIFA bribery scandal to journalists in his Moscow region residence.

FIFA announced Friday that they have opened a probe into alleged corruption against president Sepp Blatter following a request by Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam, who is to challenge Blatter in FIFA presidency elections on June 1.

Blatter will appear before FIFA's ethics committee on Sunday after claims he knew about alleged cash payments at the centre of an investigation targeting Bin Hammam.

"I am sure that it will not influence the process of selecting the next FIFA president," Putin said.

"Blatter has certainly done a lot for developing global football, that is an evident fact," he said, quoted by the government's official website.

"If my opinion was asked, I would certainly vote for Mr. Blatter."

FIFA last year awarded Russia the right to host the 2018 World Cup after a Putin-led campaign that upset the England bid, in a battle of wits that often turned ugly amid veiled attacks and allegations of vote collusion.



  • Leviathan - 2011-05-28 12:59

    Ya Puttin, Blatter probably got cash fr u guys 2. Billionaires fr Russia and Qatar . Alot of countries wer better candidates than those 2 England, USA, even Aus. I think this mess wil come out and this corrupt blatter regime wil come 2 an end, after they hav disgraced the beautiful game.

  • Mabhulwana - 2011-05-28 15:04

    PM Putin needs to be investigated also. The PM of the losing nation England, David Cameron, thinks that FIFA is 'murky'. On the other hand the PM of the nation that triumphed Russia, Vladimir Putin, thinks that Mr Blatter is incorruptible. FIFA should extend the investigation to both prime ministers. And our very own Jordaan and the SA govt.

      Marcell - 2011-05-28 15:55

      The SA gov is corrupt be default. Nothing to investigate there.

      Kyle - 2011-05-28 16:21

      The thing is if England won the bid and they knew of any corruption I'm sure England would of kept quite.

      Kyle - 2011-05-28 16:21


  • michael.e.bowery - 2011-05-28 19:44

    Clearly Mr Putin you have never really followed professional soccer. The blight on the game's progress is Seth Blatter. He has inhibited fairness in the game for years with his ridiculous attitude to TV replays of contentious referee decisions and where really important results have been at stake. Rather go back to the KGB where you came from and put your Russian Mafia house in order.

      Mxhuma - 2011-05-28 23:01


  • George - 2011-05-29 06:09

    Outin, nobody is asking you, coz youre totally irrelevant, go drink more smirkoff

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