Football: Blatter criticises 'outrageous' probe against him, says he won't resign earlier

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has defended his decision not to step down sooner as the head of the world football governing body.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has defended his decision not to step down sooner as the head of the world football governing body. PHOTO: EPA

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter said a Swiss criminal investigation against him was "not correct" and defended his decision not to step down sooner as head of the world soccer body, according to a German magazine.

Under criminal investigation by Swiss authorities, he has held the presidency since 1998 and previously served since 1981 as secretary general, the No. 2 position.

"The situation is not pleasant," the weekly, Bunte, quoted Blatter as saying in an interview. "I am being condemned without there being any evidence for wrongdoing on my part. That is really outrageous."

Four days after winning a fifth term, he said in June he would step down in the wake of corruption investigations by US and Swiss authorities.

He remains in office ahead of a scheduled February election.

He reiterated in the Bunte interview that he had no plans for an immediate resignation, despite calls by major sponsors last week.

"This is just an investigation, not an indictment. I will fight until Feb 26.

"For myself. For Fifa. I am convinced that evil will come to light and good will prevail."