Soccer: Blatter rules out endorsing any FIFA presidential candidate

Geneva ? Sepp Blatter insists he won’t publicly support a candidate inside the FIFA election, even though he revealed Thursday that 4 with the five males have contacted him about the campaign.

The suspended FIFA president told French radio station RMC that he couldn’t intervene in the Feb. 26 ballot to succeed him.

“I can’t, it’s not probable,” Blatter mentioned, immediately after tantalizing his interviewers by saying that “four from the 5 candidates contacted me and spoke about it.”

Blatter declined to identify the fifth candidate even when it was suggested to become Prince Ali of Jordan, who he beat to win re-election final Might.

“You can deduce it was possibly him that was against me. You will be intelligent enough,” Blatter mentioned in an interview carried out at a favored restaurant in Zurich attached to FIFA’s former headquarters.

The other candidates are: Asian soccer leader Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino of Switzerland, former FIFA official Jerome Champagne of France and South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale.

He also revealed that “several” of FIFA’s 209 member federations have referred to as asking him how they should really vote.

“Vote with your conscience. Vote for who you come across excellent,” Blatter stated he told them.

Blatter was providing his initially interview given that appearing prior to the FIFA appeal committee on Tuesday to challenge his eight-year ban from workplace for conflicts of interest.

He robustly defended his former secretary common, Jerome Valcke, who was banned for 12 years by FIFA’s ethics committee final week.

“You can attack me, and I can defend myself, but you can not attack the secretary common Valcke,” Blatter told his French interviewers.