Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims some European draws were fixed using “hot and cold balls”.
Blatter, who is currently appealing against a 6-year ban from football and being investigated as part of a probe into claims of corruption during his tenure at the governing body, insists no draw at world level was rigged. However, In an interview with an Argentine newspaper, he claimed he witnessed the trick being employed “at European level”, but did not elaborate.
“I never touched the balls,” he told news outlet La Nacion. “Of course, you can mark them (by) heating them or cooling them.
“I witnessed draws at the European level where that happened. But never at FIFA. Of course it can be done.
“You put the balls in the refrigerator beforehand. Just by comparing one and the other when you touch them you can tell the cold balls from the hot. When you touch them, you know what they are.”
When asked about the corruption probe by Swiss and US investigators, he said: “Blatter isn’t corrupt. They tried to find something on me, but they won’t find any evidence I violated any Swiss law.
‘FIFA isn’t corrupt. An organisation can’t be corrupt. Only men are.”
Clearly Sepp Blatter played some part in these actions, and by not reporting them and following his duty as Fifa president, he has to take responsibility for his actions. It is said that Sky Sports have approached UEFA on the matter, to no avail.uef