Sepp Blatter, the former boss of soccer’s world governing body Fifa who was ousted during a corruption scandal, has said money risks ruining the sport.
Fifa’s Ethics Committee banned Blatter, who led Fifa for 17 years, from “all football activities” in 2015 after finding him guilty of unethical conduct related to a global corruption scandal which rocked football governing body.
“People already pay a lot to get into the stadium. Prices are getting higher and higher, because clubs need more money,” Blatter said in an interview with Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Wochenende published weekend.
The 83-year-old added his belief that viewer numbers are falling this season in the French, Italian, English, Spanish and German leagues.
“That is a bad sign. Football must remain accessible,” he said.
Blatter has told various media that he plans to take legal action against his successor Gianni Infantino over damage done to his reputation by the corruption scandal and information Fifa made public about payments to him that he says was inaccurate.
According to him, Fifa bodies signed off on all payments he received, including a bonus of 10 million Swiss francs ($9.9 million) he got for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Asked if he would drop his planned lawsuit against Infantino if his collection of luxury watches, which he left at Fifa’s offices, were returned to him, he said: “The watches are of lesser importance. What is important to me is my moral rehabilitation.”
Switzerland’s attorney general is still investigating cases of suspected corruption involving Fifa, dating back to 2014 and Blatter’s presidency.
And Blatter said he hoped the Swiss attorney general’s office will soon decide whether to bring its case to court or drop it.
“When this is done (I) want to write a book – my memoirs, more or less,” he added.