Spoiler alert: he didn’t mean it literally. (Probably.)
A week before FIFA holds its election to replace him, disgraced president Sepp Blatter spoke to French network BFMTV about the end of his time in office and what regrets he may or may not have. So you know this is going to be good.
In the interview (we’re taking the English translation from The Guardian), Blatter swiped at a sporting press that he claims were a little too eager to go after him:
He went on to say that his allies deserted him in the wake of the scandal, leaving him to defend FIFA by himself against both his political enemies and a media cohort that was apparently out to get him.
Blatter also reiterated that the corruption scandal and the criminal investigation would likely never have happened if the 2022 World Cup was awarded to the US and not Qatar. Putting the conspiracy theory flavor text aside, by continuing to insist that the US is only investigating corruption because they weren’t successfully bribed into compliance. If that’s true, it means that FIFA was, in part, in the business of buying people off. That’s some impressive doublespeak.
The extraordinary congress will convene next Friday in Zürich and a new FIFA president will be chosen. Yet if interviews like these are any indication, Blatter won’t be going away anytime soon.