Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims some European draws were fixed using “hot and cold balls” but revealed FIFA draws were not fixed under his watch.
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Blatter, who is appealing a six-year ban from football imposed by FIFA is being investigated as part of a probe into claims of corruption during his tenure at the governing body.
In an interview with an Argentine newspaper, he claimed he witnessed the trick being employed “at European level” while suggesting they have been done at UEFA Champions League and EURO levels.
“I never touched the balls,” he told La Nacion. “Of course, you can mark them (by) heating them or cooling them.
“I witnessed draws at the European level where that happened. But never at FIFA. Of course it can be done.
“You put the balls in the refrigerator beforehand. Just by comparing one and the other when you touch them you can tell the cold balls from the hot. When you touch them, you know what they are.”
Blatter also said he wasn’t corrupt but men in FIFA are: “Blatter isn’t corrupt. They tried to find something on me, but they won’t find any evidence I violated any Swiss law.
“FIFA isn’t corrupt. An organisation can’t be corrupt. Only men are.”