I'm no bloodsucking parasite, says FIFA president Sepp Blatter

Blatter has been roasted in the British press in recent years, especially after England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup, in which they garnered just two votes out of 22 -- one of them their own, as Russia won out.

updated: October 26, 2013 12:59 IST
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London: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has hit out at portrayals of world football's governing body as a corrupt cabal of ruthless parasites.

In a speech Friday to the Oxford Union debating society at Britain's prestigious Oxford University, the 77-year-old said FIFA was more Robin Hood than Bond villain.

"Perhaps you think I am a ruthless parasite sucking the lifeblood out of the world and out of football! The Godfather of the FIFA gravy train! An out-of-touch, heartless schmoozer!" he said, according to The Independent newspaper.

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