Banned Blatter gives up on `abandoned` FIFA

London, Dec.29 (ANI): Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted that he will no longer fight for the world’s football governing body after his former employers abandoned him.

The 79-year-old said that the allegations against him had provided him with a new energy and, therefore, he would now fight for his honour.

“I now no longer fight for FIFA. They have abandoned me. I only fight for myself and my honour,” Blatter was quoted as saying by goal.com.

Blatter, along with his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini, have been serving an eight-year ban from all football-related activities over claims that the latter had received a ‘ disloyal payment ‘ of 1.35 million pounds from the outgoing president in 2011.

In addition to the lengthy bans, Blatter and Platini have been fined 50,000 and 80,000 Swiss francs respectively.

With the ban, Platini’s hopes of succeeding Blatter as the president of the world football governing body in the upcoming election have been derailed. (ANI)

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