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FIFA President Claims No Wrongdoing - 2002-05-05

The president of football's world governing body has denied committing any criminal offenses, despite accusations of corruption by FIFA's general secretary.

In an interview with a Swiss newspaper, Sonntags Zeitung, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Michel Zen-Ruffinen's report, which was presented to FIFA's executive committee on Friday, was full of errors.

The 21-page report alleges that the 66-year-old Blatter has systematically mismanaged FIFA by deception, illegal payments, violating statutes and cronyism since becoming president of the body in 1998.

Blatter admitted to making what he called mistakes from time to time, but stated that there had been no criminal actions. He said the report was filled with factual errors, and called upon Zen-Ruffinen work harder and stop acting like he was in the FBI or CIA.