Sepp Blatter: "I've Finished My Work in Football"

(ATR) Sepp Blatter says he is ready to step away from the game after receiving an eight-year ban by FIFA ethics board.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - DECEMBER 21: FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter arrives for a press conference as reaction to his banishment for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee at FIFA's former headquarters at Sonnenberg in Zurich on December 21, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - DECEMBER 21: FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter arrives for a press conference as reaction to his banishment for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee at FIFA's former headquarters at Sonnenberg in Zurich on December 21, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

(ATR) A day after receiving an eight-year ban from world football, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he is ready to step away from the game.

"I’ve finished my work in football," Blatter tells the Wall Street Journal in an exclusive interview in Zurich.

Despite his comments, Blatter will appeal the eight-year suspension handed down by the FIFA ethics commission. Former UEFA president Michel Platini received the same long-term ban, ending his chances of filling the void at president left by Blatter at the election set for February.

Blatter tells the WSJ it was Platini’s desire to be president of FIFA that put a strain on their friendship.

In the interview, Blatter also covers the gambit of the corruption scandal facing FIFA members, including the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, the United States indictment of 41 former FIFA officials and the pressure sponsors put on the federation to reform.

Click here to read the full article by the Wall Street Journal.

Written by KevinNutley

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