Blatter denounces Uefa’s ‘campaign of hatred’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has accused Uefa of a campaign of hatred following his re-election on Friday.

After a week which has seen Fifa embroiled in turmoil following the arrests of a number of officials, the Swiss was elected into a fifth term of office at the head of the game’s governing body after seeing off the challenge of Prince Ali bin al-Hussein.

Uefa president Michel Platini said earlier this week that he had asked Blatter to step down from his rolefollowing the scandal which has seen several officials indicted on corruption charges, with a potential boycott of World Cups 2018 and 2022 by European nations being mooted.

Blatter, however, has branded Uefa’s rhetoric as little more than hate-mongering and issued an ominous warning to Platini.

“It’s hatred, coming not only from one person at Uefa but the organisation of Uefa, who were not involved in 1998 when I became president,” he said, speaking to Swiss television’s RTS.

“I forgive everyone, but I do not forget.”