Blatter intended to step down.. 'as per daughter's advice'
The outgoing Fifa head's 40-year career ended yesterday when he was slapped with an eight-year ban.
JOHANNESBURG - Banned Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he had intended to step down from his position after the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, as per his daughter Corinne Blatter's advice.
Blatter's 40-year Fifa career was ended yesterday, when he and Uefa boss Michel Platini were banned by the governing body's ethics committee from all football activities for eight years.
The 79-year-old, who's been at the helm of world football for 17 years was also fined 50,000 Swiss francs for authorising an irregular payment of 2 million Swiss francs to Platini in 2011.
For his involvement, Platini received a fine of 80,000 Swiss francs, to go with his ban.
Blatter says he only stayed on as president at the request of the federation.
"They should have listened to this girl here… and I haven't done it because at that time Michel Platini has already candidate president".
Blatter says he does not accept his ban because a payment he made to Platini was legal.
During a media briefing, Blatter said he was surprised the ethics committee did not acknowledge the legitimacy of the payment.
"What astonishes me now, when I go into this decision of the adjudicatory chamber today, is that they deny the existence of such an agreement."
Blatter said he will fight against the decision by the ethics committee to ban him from all football activity because he doesn't understand why he's being banned.
The 79-year-old says he's not only fighting for himself.
"I will fight; I will fight for me and I will fight for Fifa. Suspended for eight years for what? They spoke with my lawyer who definitely was not surprised that the notification of the decision was first made to the media."
Blatter also says he will appeal his ban with at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Blatter's hearing lasted eight hours and he appeared before the committee's adjudicatory chamber with his lawyer, who presented evidence which they believed would clear him of allegations of misconduct.