Sepp Blatter, the president of the notoriously corrupt governing body for international soccer, FIFA, said Monday that accusing FIFA officials of taking bribes is racism. He made this declaration while addressing the African and Asian confederations of FIFA, who were holding their own conferences before FIFA’s annual conference.
Two weeks prior, The Sunday Times found overwhelming evidence that Qatari FIFA Vice President Mohamed bin Hammam gave bribes to multiple FIFA officials to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar. He gave bribes mainly to members of the African confederation, which Blatter is focusing on, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
Blatter said that people alleging that corruption occurred “want to destroy us; they don’t want to destroy football, but they want to destroy the institution.”
He called the accusers “racist,” adding, “Once again there is a sort of storm against FIFA relating to the Qatar World Cup. Sadly there’s a great deal of discrimination and racism, and this hurts me.”