A spokesman of Sepp Blatter has confirmed that the embattled FIFA Chief will appeal against the eight ban he has been handed by the World Football governing body’s adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee on Monday.
The 80-year old Swiss who has been banned from all football related activities for the next eight years reportedly led the world’s press back to Fifa’s abandoned old headquarters to issue an hour long rant of defiance.
It is believed Blatter who has been at the helms of affairs at fifa since 1998 is prepared to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.
“I am sorry. I am sorry that I am a punching ball. I am sorry that I am as President a punching ball. I am sorry for Fifa. I am sorry for me. Sorry for the way I am treated in this world of humanitarian qualities.” Blatter said as quoted on the Independent.
World football’s governing body has been in turmoil for several months now, following numerous allegations of corruption. Seven Fifa officials were arrested at a Zurich hotel at the end of May.
And US authorities have charged 39 football officials and sports business executives over more than £134m ($200m) in bribes for football television and marketing deals.
Swiss prosecutors are also investigating Fifa’s management as well as the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.
There is also pressure from governments and the International Olympic Committee for Fifa to push through major reforms aiming at making governance more transparent and accountable.